Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

Louisiana Senate Backs Veto Override on Transgender Sports Ban

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The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday backed a veto override of a transgender sports ban bill. State senators voted 26-12 to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports—the exact number of votes needed, the Associated Press reported. If the House also approves the veto override, the bill would become law and would prohibit biological males who are transgender from competing on school sports teams of their identified gender. Those who back the ban argue that it will protect girls across K-12 schools and colleges from unfair competition. “Without protection, women’s sports would not exist. Nothing has changed,” said Franklinton Sen. Beth Mizell, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican. “I ask you to do what is right for the girls of Louisiana and to put the politics aside on this.” Critics, including Gov. Edwards, have described the measure as discriminatory, as there has …

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