Wisconsin governor vetoes ban on transgender high school athletics

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By journalsofus.com

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature that would have banned transgender high school athletes from competing on teams that aligned with their gender identity.

MADISON, Wisconsin – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to ban transgender high school athletes from competing on teams that align with their gender identity.

Evers had vowed to veto the bill since its introduction. Democrats did not have the votes to stop its passage in the Legislature. He vetoed it at the Capitol surrounded by Democratic lawmakers, transgender advocates, Madison’s mayor and others.

Republicans do not have the votes necessary to override the veto.

Evers vowed that as long as he is governor, he will not allow “radical policies that target LGBTQ people and families and threaten the daily lives of LGBTQ people and their ability to be safe, valued, supported and welcomed as who they are.”

Republican Rep. Barb Dittrich, who sponsored the bill, called Evers’ veto “disgusting” and accused him of “a hateful, misogynistic position toward real women.”

“His veto today clearly demonstrates his lack of respect for women and girls, as well as the protection of their hard-won achievements,” Dittrich said in a statement.

The bill proposed limiting high school athletes to playing on teams that match the gender they were assigned at birth.

Republicans who supported the bill argued it was a matter of fairness for non-transgender athletes. But opponents of the bill argued that there was no real problem with transgender high school athletes in Wisconsin and said the proposed ban was a form of discrimination and harmful to transgender youth.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association requires transgender athletes to undergo hormone therapy before they can play on the teams of their choice. The association’s policy is modeled after the NCAA’s requirements for transgender athletes.

At least 20 states have passed a version of a blanket ban on transgender athletes playing on statewide K-12 and college sports teams, but a Biden administration proposal to ban such blanket bans will end this year after multiple delays. and many negative reactions. As proposed, the rule would state that blanket bans would violate Title IX, the landmark gender equity legislation enacted in 1972.

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