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Nebraska governor bars men from women’s sports, locker rooms

‘It is common sense that men do not belong in women’s only spaces’

Locker rooms, bathrooms and sports teams must differentiate between men and women on the basis of sex, according to an executive order from Republican Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen.

The “Women’s Bill of Rights” orders state entities to use biological sex as the official definition of a male and female. Gov. Pillen (pictured) signed the executive order on Thursday after prompting from women’s sports activist Riley Gaines, a former star swimmer at the University of Kentucky.

“It is common sense that men do not belong in women’s only spaces,” Pillen stated. “As Governor, it is my duty to protect our kids and women’s athletics, which means providing single-sex spaces for women’s sports, bathrooms, and changing rooms.”

Nebraska joins Oklahoma in implementing the directive, which came from the Independent Women’s Voice.

Pillen signed the bill just a few days after Gaines spoke to Pillen about implementing the directive. “THAT is leadership. Thanks for implementing @IWV’s WBOR and protecting nearly 1 million Nebraskan women,” Gaines posted on X. “The tide is turning.”

The American Civil Liberties Union opposed the executive order.

“We are reviewing this executive order and want every trans, nonbinary and intersex Nebraskan to know we will continue to fight for their belonging and inclusion,” ACLU counsel Jane Seu stated, according to the Nebraska Examiner.

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IMAGE: Jim Pillen/Twitter

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.