TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Conservatives in Kansas reportedly said Friday that a Republican-controlled legislature would demand a ban on transgender girls’ and women’s school sports, but did not provide enough support for a Democratic overnight veto overcoming a possible veto. ,
The House approved the bill late Thursday night, 76-43. The Senate was expected to send the decision to Governor Laura Kelly on Friday.
The Democratic governor usually does not say what he will do with the legislation until he gets to his desk, but he has given up on any plans to veto the ban. He is in favor of protecting LGBTQ rights, he calls the bill a “setback”, he suggests that it will damage the state’s efforts to attract business. The lawyers’ response echoed the chamber’s discussion.
Kansas is one of more than 20 states that have debated such a ban this year in opposition to Biden’s decree to prevent discrimination against transgender students. Idaho introduced such a ban last year, and in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee Republican governors signed legislation this year.
“It’s about scoring points in cultural wars,” said Bug Heiberberg, a Democrat from Lawrence, home of the University of Kansas. “Instead of finding new ways to persecute people, as God created them, why do we not work on understanding, but instead increase our understanding and compassion?”
Supporters argued that they were trying to preserve decades of hard-earned opportunities for “biological” girls to compete in women’s K-12 sports and to win college athletic scholarships. They assumed that non-implementation of such a ban discriminated against girls and women.
“I do not treat any student badly. They have the right to live their lives the way they want to, ”said Republican Sen. Rene Eriksson of Wichita, a former K-12 principal and former college basketball guard who is the main sponsor of the measurement. “But we must also be fair to all those schoolchildren. That’s what this bill does. ”
Stopping Idaho law because of a federal lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union promised to sue if Kansas passed a law.
But if Kelly vetoed the bill, the Conservatives would need a two-thirds majority in both houses to repeal it. In the 125-member chamber, they were down eight votes, and LGBTQ rights activists believe the bill will be short in the 40-member Senate.
The threat of a lawsuit ները The argument that Kansas could lose collegiate sports tournaments or business development has angered some Conservative lawmakers.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. They claim that “biological boys” have innate physical advantages in girls’ and women’s sports, which will distort competition.
“We can not allow the Kansas business women to be abused by the business community,” said Barbara Wassinger, a state spokeswoman for the Kansas West Republican.
However, supporters were generally unable to provide local examples of the problems. The Kansas K-12 Schools Overseas Association says they have only been notified of five active transgender athletes; it is not known if transgender athletes have won the Kansas Championship.
State Rep. Jerry Stogsdill, a Kansas City Democrat, called the proposal “morally wrong,” but insisted the ban was “shooting at the economy.” Rep. Brandon Woodard, another Democrat and outspoken gay lawmaker in Kansas City, says young people are already leaving Kansas because of “backward politics”.
LGBTQ rights activists predicted that the passage of the bill would increase violence against transgender students.
Freshman Democrat Stephanie Bayers of Wichita State, the state’s first transgender lawmaker, read by a retired transgender Ohio girl who committed suicide in 2014, urging people to “fix society.”
“This is about someone who is different, you may not understand, your desire is not to allow them to be a part of our society as a whole,” he told his colleagues. “Trans girls are girls. “Trans women are women.”
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