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The Louisiana state senate has voted along party lines to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’ (D) veto of a bill that would ban transgender children from playing school sports. The law would “require that schools designate intercollegiate, interscholastic, or intramural athletic teams according to the biological sex of the team members.”
Both chambers of the state legislature are meeting for the first time since passage of the state constitution to discuss overriding the governor’s vetoes. The senate is not expected to overturn any of the governor’s other vetoes.
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“Discrimination is not a Louisiana value,” Edwards said in a statement explaining his veto. “This bill was a solution in search of a problem that simply does not exist in Louisiana. Even the author of the bill acknowledged throughout the legislative session that there wasn’t a single case where this was an issue.”
“Further, it would make life more difficult for transgender children, who are some of the most vulnerable Louisianans when it comes to issues of mental health. We should be looking for more ways to unite rather than divide our citizens. And while there is no […]