It’s an issue that has gradually immersed itself more and more into collegiate, professional, and even children’s sports.

It’s led to impassioned arguments and fiery debates.

Now the state of Louisiana has waded into one controversy in sports in a big way.

Louisiana’s Republican-led state legislature passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act after Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards punted and decided to neither approve nor veto the bill.

Edwards said, “Whether it’s intended or not, the effect is to send a strong message to at least some of these young people that they shouldn’t be who they think they are, who they believe they are, who they know that they are. I find that very distressing. I do believe that we can be better than that.”

The text of the law asserts that men have inherent physical advantages over women in sports, such as “strength, speed, and endurance” and makes the case that the hormone therapy does little to nothing to lessen men’s physical advantages.

Gay and trans lobbyists accused the law of being “transphobic.”

According to the advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign, “Trans kids, like all kids across the country, have said themselves that they play sports for the same reasons all kids do: to be part of a team, to learn discipline, and above all, to have fun with their friends. SB 44 is a direct attack on transgender youth that are trying their best to just be kids, and fit in with and play alongside their peers.”

But according to polling, an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose transgender surgery for kids and puberty blockers for minors.

Polling by OnMessage Inc. for the American Principles Project (APP) shows that in six states – Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and New Hampshire – Human Rights Campaign and other advocates are at odds with public opinion and when asked whether they would support puberty blockers, hormone treatment, or sex-change surgeries on minors, over 56 percent of respondents said yes while 34 percent said no.

And it isn’t just pollsters, as even some with “skin in the game” see things similarly.

Transgender golfer Mianne Bagger, a man living as a woman, competed in the Women’s Australian Open after transitioning in 1995, but said it’s “utter rubbish” that “male-bodied” transgender athletes are being allowed to compete alongside women in professional sports.

One thing is sure, we haven’t heard the end of the transgender debate in sports.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.