Utah lawmakers are likely to ignore the veto of the trans sports ban

Utah lawmakers will ignore the veto of the trans sports ban

An anti-transgender sports bill that would ban transgender people from participating in sports was vetoed by Utah Governor Spencer Cox on Tuesday. However, if the state legislature chooses to overturn its veto by at least two-thirds of the members in Friday’s vote, the bill could still pass into law.

Cox State Senate President Sen. J. Stuart Adams and State House Speaker Rep. Brad R. Wrote a letter to Wilson asking him to consider “fundamental errors” in vetoing the bill.

He wrote that he chose to veto it “because the bill changed significantly in the last days of the legislature without any public input and in a way that would probably bankrupt the Utah High School Athletic Association and result in millions of dollars in legal fees for that local school district.”

Adams responded by promising to ignore the veto.

“There is a step back for women who do nothing. In order to maintain fair competition now and in the future, solutions to this complex problem need to be found,” Adams said in a March 22 online statement.

HB11 primarily allows trans for girls to participate in sports and a commission decides whether there is a threat to safety or fairness against Sisgender girls in the competition.

However, on the last day of the legislature session, an alternative to the bill was raised to impose an all-encompassing ban on the participation of transgender women in sports, and the commission would only be effective if the court upheld the ban.

“It is important to note that before the legislature passed the bill on the 45th and last night of the session, a complete ban was never discussed, never considered, never debated, and no public input was ever received,” Cox wrote.

Cox warned that school districts would also be held accountable for any lawsuits that resulted from the ban.

He said there are only four trans students playing sports in the state, there is only one athlete in the girls’ sport and they are not unjustly dominating. He said the high rate of mental health challenges for transgender youth due to inequality also influenced his decision.

“Four kids who are just trying to find some friends and they seem to be part of something. Four kids trying to cross every day,” Cox said.

He added, “Rarely have so much fear and anger been directed. I don’t understand what they’re going through or why they feel like them. But I want them to live.”

Cox warned legislators that he planned to convene a special session to change the bill’s clause to avoid bankruptcy of the Athletic Association and local schools if he ignored his veto.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb also vetoed a transgender sports bill this week and is facing an attempt by the legislature to overturn his decision.

At least 11 other states have imposed bans on transgender athletes.

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