Senate Speaker out of step with Tenn. GOP leaders on transgender athletes ban

Feb 12, 2021

Tenn. Lt. Governor and Senate Speaker Randy McNally

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Senate GOP leaders are offering tepid support of legislation that would ban transgender athletes from participating in girl’s sports.

Republican Senate Speaker Randy McNally told reporters Thursday that lawmakers need to “adequately review” the issue in committee.

McNally added that if there's no problem with transgender athletes participating in public schools, then the General Assembly likely doesn't need to address it.

The comments add some uncertainty to the bill’s prospects one day after Republican Gov. Bill Lee entered the debate, saying transgender athletes would “destroy women’s sports.”