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Sponsors of North Dakota’s trans student-athlete ban linked to leading anti-LGBTQ organizations

5 North Dakota Republican state representative Ben Koppelman is the lead sponsor on a bill to ban transgender student-athletes from interscholastic and intercollegiate sports. He is also a signatory supporter to an effort championed by two major anti-LGBTQ organizations With increasing scrutiny on the recent wave of anti-transgender legislation across the country, a report in a North Dakota newspaper over the weekend revealed that sponsors of a bill that would ban transgender students from participating in interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics have ties to anti-LGBTQ policy groups on the frontlines of the issue.

According to the report in the Grand Forks Herald on March 13 , the lead sponsor of HB1298 is Republican State Rep. Ben Koppelman , a policymaker signatory on the Promise for America’s Children , an initiative sponsored by a consortium of 18 mainly conservative and Christian-aligned groups . Two of the lead sponsors of this initiative are the Alliance Defending Freedom, who has been cited as the engine behind much of this year’s wave of legislation , and the even more well-known, anti-LGBTQ Heritage Foundation .

Fellow co-sponsor and Republican State Sen. Janne Myrdal is a former state director of Concerned Women for America , another conservative […]

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