COLOMBIA, CA (AP) – 23 Republicans in South Carolina have signed a bill aimed at blocking the hormonal treatment of transgender youth. But the main sponsor of the bill is a Democrat, which creates tight control within his own party.
Last week, lawmakers introduced a South Carolina law on the protection of vulnerable children from poverty, which aimed to ban minors from undergoing sex reassignment procedures. This measure will prevent doctors from prescribing or performing sex reassignment or delaying puberty procedures for persons under the age of 18; և criminal charges may be brought against physicians violating the law.
Its main sponsor is the state Rep. Cezar McKnight, who has been representing South Carolina’s 101st House District since 2015, is a largely rural, highly democratic area where two-thirds of the population is black. McKnight, a member of the Legislative Group, said he had received a great deal of support from his constituents, who told him that although they did not necessarily oppose such procedures on his face, they only thought of preparing when he was mature.
“Democrats are more conservative than white progressives,” McKnight told the Associated Press in a recent interview. “I would never have proposed this bill if I had not thought that the people of my district would not be receptive, they exist. Pastors, young parents, elderly parents, they all tell me the same thing. If you want to do that, wait until you are 18 years old. ”
Similar proposals have appeared in other states with mixed results. One is near the end of Alabama. Others are expected in the states, including Kansas, Missouri, Indiana and Montana.
McKnight’s South Carolina bill is one of a number of opponents who say it was aimed at restricting transgender rights in the state. This week, after heated debate between the two sides, lawmakers formally passed a bill banning transgender students from playing in high school girls’ sports teams.
LGBTQ groups were stunned earlier this month when sexual orientation և gender was removed from factors, including race, religion or disability, to determine if a hate crime had been committed. Gay or transgender protections were later added to the state bill.
After the McKnight bill was introduced, the leaders of the Democratic Party of South Carolina passed a resolution stating that the party “strongly condemns this outrageous bill, its Democratic supporters.”
President Trav Robertson said the resolution was unanimously approved by the executive committee, which includes two representatives from each of the 46 states of South Carolina. Current “former party officials” have criticized McKnight on social media, and one has officially criticized McKnight. However, McKnight says he has no plans to repeal the bill, although he envisions some minor changes, including the removal of a provision that would require teachers to notify parents if their children have expressed concerns about gender dysphoria.
State Representative Astin Bamberg, a Democrat and member of the South Carolina Black Sea Legislature, says she can see why Democrats are outraged by the restrictive measures they have proposed.
“There are some things that are very consistent across America in the sense of what it means to be a Democrat. “Accepting people as individuals, liking what they want to like, loving what they want to love, doing their life and doing with their bodies the way they are comfortable,” Bamberg told the AP. “I understand the response.”
Drew McKissick, chairman of the State People’s Committee, said the Democrats’ military action only undermines what he describes as extremist views within the party as a whole.
“A single Democrat has decided to jump off their culturally insane train, the rest of his parties are throwing a mess,” McKissick told the AP. “South South Carolina people understand the absurdity of sex reassignment, they understand that children in particular should not be allowed to undergo the procedure.”
Blair Durkin, who grew up as a trans, said he has not had family support since childhood to voice his gender dysphoria, but insists that the ability of trans youth to transition before puberty can ease the years. Durkin, a native of Greenville in distress, was raised in a conservative family and was a Republican activist in his youth.
“The idea that a South Carolina lawmaker woke up one day, just decided it wasn’t right, could invalidate decades of research, is so proud, is so daring,” Durkin told the AP. “Why not let it be regulated through the medical system? Let it be developed through it.”
As for McKnight, he says his main concern is that the teen may regret the decision later in life.
“This bill is not anti-trans,” McKayt said. “I just do not think that someone should have sex change during adolescence.”
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