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‘I’m Not Gonna Beat This Athlete’: D1 College Track Star Speaks Up As She Fights For Her Sport Amid Transgender Athlete Case

Shelby Talcott Media Reporter
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College track star Mary Marshall is teaming up with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to ensure that Idaho’s new law preventing transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports is implemented.

Marshall, an Idaho State University athlete, and ADF counsel Christiana Holcomb joined the Daily Caller to talk about why Republican Gov. Brad Little’s “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” signed on March 30, 2020, should remain as law.

Little’s bill, which will take effect July 1, prevents female sports teams from allowing a transgender athlete who identifies as a female to compete. This prevention applies to female teams from public schools, universities and colleges. (RELATED: Teenager At Center Of Transgender Lawsuit Wants A Level Playing Field)

The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in April aimed at preventing the bill from becoming law. Marshall, 20, along with college track star Madison Kenyon, 19, are pushing back, as they both have had to experience running against a transgender athlete in college.

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“When I did finally compete against this athlete, it was just … I was very intimidated and it was discouraging because I just went into the race knowing, like, ‘Oh I’m not gonna beat this athlete because they’re a biological male and have unfair advantages,'” Marshall told the Daily Caller when describing her experience running against a transgender athlete.

 

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