(Reuters) – Louisiana has banned transgender women from becoming a member of women’ sports activities groups, the most recent in a string of comparable bans in U.S. states with conservative Republican-controlled legislatures.
The invoice binds faculties and faculties within the state and was accepted by the Republican-controlled state legislature final month with sufficient help to override any veto from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who opposed the laws.
Edwards stated he would enable the invoice to develop into legislation on Monday with out his signature, telling reporters that it was apparent to him that even when he vetoed the invoice it could nonetheless develop into legislation.
He has joined transgender rights teams in criticizing the invoice as bigoted towards a subset of younger individuals who already face discrimination and violence. Edwards stated there isn’t any identified instance in Louisiana of a transgender lady becoming a member of or trying to affix a women sports activities group.
“I hope we will all get to a degree quickly the place we understand these younger individuals are doing the easiest they’ll to outlive,” Edwards stated of the state’s transgender youth. “I simply assume we will be higher than that invoice.”
Final 12 months, Edwards had vetoed related a measure superior by Republicans within the 2021 legislative session.
Republicans in South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa and Kansas have handed related legal guidelines in current months.
In March, the top of the U.S. Division of Justice’s civil rights division wrote to state attorneys normal https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1489066/obtain throughout the nation in help of transgender folks, reminding the states’ chief law-enforcement officers that it’s unlawful to discriminate towards folks primarily based on gender id.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot)
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