Feb 27, 2016 3:11 PM by News Staff
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - School superintendents in Texas have overwhelmingly approved a change that requires public school officials to use a birth certificate to determine a student-athlete's gender.
A referendum ballot submitted to superintendents last month shows they voted 586 to 32 to amend University Interscholastic League rules when it comes to transgender athletes.
The UIL is the state's governing body for high school sports. Its policy director, Jamey Harrison, told The Dallas Morning News that the change codifies the advice the league has been giving to superintendents.
The amendment goes into effect Aug. 1.
Transgender advocates condemned the move, saying it will force transgender students to amend their birth certificate, a laborious and costly process, in order to play.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com
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