Above: Sen. Missy Irvin and Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Matt Sharp present S.B. 354 in committee.

On Monday afternoon the Senate Education Committee passed S.B. 354 along party lines in a vote of five to three.

This good bill by Sen. Irvin and Rep. Barker would protect fairness in girls’ athletics at school by preventing biologically male student athletes from competing in women’s sports.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp traveled to Arkansas to testify in favor of the bill as well as Minnesota powerlifter Beth Seltzer of the group Save Women’s Sports.

Following passage of S.B. 354, an unruly group of activists who opposed the bill began shouting “Shame! Shame!” while calling some of the bill’s supporters “weak” and other names.

S.B. 354 now goes to the entire Arkansas Senate for consideration.