Democratic Governor of Kansas Vetoes Transgender Sports Ban Bill

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D-Kan.) vetoed a bill on Thursday that would have protected women’s sports from so-called “transgender” athletes pretending to be women and competing against real women, as reported by The Hill.

In her statement following the veto, Kelly claimed that the bill “sends a devastating message that Kansas is not welcoming to all children and their families, including those who are transgender.” She then claimed, without evidence, that such students – who often engage in women’s sports and subsequently unfairly dominate against the real, biological women – are “at a higher risk of bullying [and] discrimination.”

The bill, titled “The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” was championed by Republicans and would have implemented a requirement where “intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by public educational institutions [are] to be designated based on biological sex.”

Despite the overwhelming evidence that “transgender” athletes abuse the system and tip the scales in their favor at a great disadvantage to actual women, Kelly claimed that the bill was simply targeting people “who may be different than us,” falsely framing it as a civil rights issue.

Multiple bills to protect women’s sports have been proposed in mostly Republican-led states. Although they have been passed in some states such as Mississippi and Tennessee, some Republican governors have vetoed them. Among these are South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R-N.D.). Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) had previously signed a similar bill to protect women’s sports back in March, but then controversially vetoed a bill that would ban gender-altering surgeries for teenagers in the state; his veto was soon overturned by the state legislature, successfully passing the bill into law.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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