Indiana Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Trans Athlete Ban

On Tuesday, the GOP-controlled state legislature of Indiana voted to override the recent veto of a bill banning so-called “transgender” athletes from competing in sports with the opposite gender, defeating Governor Eric Holcomb’s (R-Ind.) efforts to keep the bill from becoming law.

As reported by Breitbart, the override measure passed the state senate 32 to 15, and passed the state house 67 to 28. Holcomb had vetoed the bill back in March, claiming that the bill was inconsistent in how it would ensure “fairness in K-12 sports.” Indiana is now one of over a dozen other states in the country that have passed such bans on mentally ill athletes trying to compete in sports with the wrong gender.

Shortly after the vote passed, the far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) immediately filed a lawsuit seeking to block the law’s implementation, which is set to take effect on July 1st. The suit was filed on behalf of a 10-year-old boy who has been conditioned to believe that he is a girl, and thus wants to compete on the girls’ softball team.

Other critics of the bill claim that it is unnecessary due to there being so few instances of transgender athletes competing with the wrong gender, but State Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Ind.) says that the bill is necessary to ensure “simple fairness.”

“We don’t like to get the state of Indiana sued,” Bray said. “But it happens from time to time. It’s a policy that I think we can stand behind.”

Holcomb is one of only a few Republican governors who shockingly defied the will of the voters by vetoing such a trans ban bill. In Utah, Governor Spencer Cox (R-Utah) vetoed a similar bill, only for his veto to also be overridden by the state’s overwhelmingly Republican legislature.

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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