TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — LGBTQ-rights advocates in Kansas are counting on the state’s Democratic governor or the courts to dam a ban on transgender athletes in ladies’ or girls’s college sports activities after conservatives on Thursday moved to push it by means of the GOP-controlled Legislature.
The Home accepted the bill late Thursday, 76-43, and the Senate was anticipated to observe. Senate passage would ship the measure to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has hinted strongly that she plans to veto it.
Kansas is amongst greater than 20 states which have thought-about such a ban this 12 months, pushing again in opposition to an govt order from Democratic President Joe Biden aimed toward stopping discrimination in opposition to transgender college students. Idaho enacted such a ban final 12 months, and Republican governors in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee have signed measures into regulation this 12 months.
Freshman state Rep. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, the state’s first transgender lawmaker, referred to as occasions in Kansas “heart-breaking.”
“We’re taking a look at opening up a doorway that tells trans youngsters they aren’t welcome in any method, form or type,” she mentioned. “It is coming by means of our faculties — the one place the place everyone ought to really feel welcome and appreciated.”
— to hickoryrecord.com