GOP Indiana governor has vetoed a ban on sports for transgender girls

Indianapolis – The governor of Indiana on Monday vetoed a bill banning transgender women from participating in girls’ school sports.

Opponents of the Transgender Sports Bill argued it was a fanatical response to a problem that did not exist, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana saying it planned to sue for “hate law.”

Republican sponsors of the bill say it was needed to protect the integrity of women’s sports and give girls the opportunity to earn college athletic scholarships but there is no precedent in the state of girls’ performance by transgender athletes.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signaled support for the bill last month but said in his veto letter that the law was “too low” to provide a consistent state policy called “K-12 sports fairness.”

Holcomb has signed a bill eliminating the need for state permission to carry handguns in public.

Holcomb’s decision comes after strong opposition to both measures before it was approved by the GOP-dominated legislature, which has become a pair of conservative factors across the country.

The governor was on the sidelines because legislators debated both issues and made his decision just before his Tuesday work deadline.

Holcomb also pointed to the Indiana High School Athletic Association, in a transgender sports bill veto, which has a policy that transgender students want to play a game that matches their gender identity, and said it did not finalize a request for a transgender girl to play. Girls team.

“The policy given in HEA 1041 assumes that there is an existing problem with K-12 sports in Indiana that requires further state government intervention,” Holcomb said in his letter. “This means that the goals of consistency and fairness in competitive women’s sports are not currently being met. After a thorough review, I support the overall effort but I find no evidence to support both claims.”

Indiana lawmakers can ignore the governor’s veto with a simple majority in both the House and Senate. A veto override vote could occur as soon as May 24, which legislators have set as a temporary one-day meeting.

Indiana law would prohibit K-12 students who are male by birth but who identify as women from participating in any sport or participating in any athletic team designated for women or girls. But it will not prevent students identified as female or transgender men from playing in the men’s sports team.

Eleven other Republican-led states have passed legislation that political observers have described as a classic “wage issue” to inspire conservative supporters, after Iowa and South Dakota governors signed their sanctions in recent weeks.

Holcomb’s veto came seven years after Indiana faced a national uprising over a religious objection law signed by the then government. What Mike Pence maintained by opponents could be used to discriminate against homosexuals and homosexuals. The Republican-dominated legislature quickly amended it to refuse to serve its use as a legal defense and to prevent the law from ignoring local ordinances with LGBT protection.

Democrats have argued that Republican lawmakers are pursuing a nationalist “culture war” with a ban on sports for transgender girls.

“The signing of House Bill 1041 would endanger the lives of our children,” said Mike Schumal, chairman of the state Democratic Party. “However, this unnecessary debate has set a tone with the kids that being a transgender means something is wrong with them.”

While signing the revocation of the handgun permit requirement, Holcomb went against the strong opposition of his state police superintendent to further relax the state’s firearms law.

The so-called “constitutional carrying” of revocation of permits by gun rights advocates in the wake of the Second Amendment was criticized by major law enforcement groups who argued that the permit system would endanger officers by removing them from a screening tool to quickly identify dangerous individuals. There should be no guns.

At least 21 other states have already allowed residents to carry handguns without permission – and the Republican governor of Ohio signed a similar bill last week.

Indiana State Police Super Doug Carter has joined leaders from the state’s Fraternal Order of Police, the Police Chiefs Association and the County Prosecutors Association to speak out against the change.

Carter, wearing his state police uniform, stood behind the Senate chamber as the bill was debated. He said after the vote that the measure’s approval “does not support law enforcement – the term.”

Holcomb said in a statement that the permit revocation bill “gives housewives the responsibility to legally carry a handgun with the responsibility to do so within our state.”

“It’s important to note that if a person is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal or state law before this law takes effect, that person will still be prohibited,” Holcomb said.

The Firearms Act, effective July 1, will allow anyone 18 years of age or older to carry a handgun in public, except for reasons such as being convicted of a crime, facing a restraining order from a court, or a serious mental illness. Proponents argue that permit requirements weaken Second Amendment protections and force law-abiding citizens to undergo police fingerprints and background checks.

Carter, a former Republican sheriff from Hamilton County in central Indiana who was first named state superintendent of police by Pence in 2013, said in a statement that he would “work with law enforcement leaders across our state to make the necessary changes to the identification of firearms as well as firefighting.” The best way to identify people who are not allowed to do so. “

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