The Republican legislature in the state of Kansas just passed a bill that would ban men who claim to be transgender from competing against actual women in sports.
These sorts of bills have been passed in many conservative states and Kansas has joined that list of states where Republicans are actually using their legislative powers to fight back in the culture war.
From the New York Post:
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly shot down two hotly debated Republican bills — one banning transgender athletes from girls' sports, and another forcing schools to let parents challenge classroom curriculum — setting up a fierce campaign conflict for the first-term governor who faces re-election in November.
"We all want a fair and safe place for our kids to play and compete," the Democrat wrote in a Friday veto message on the trans athlete ban. "However, this bill … came from politicians trying to score political points."
So, this Democrat in the very conservative state of Kansas has vetoed a transgender sports bill AND a curriculum transparency bill.
Fortunately, like the federal government, states have a process to override governor's vetoes, so this legislation may still be on the table.
Republicans vowed to launch an override effort in the coming weeks.
"The Fairness in Women's Sports Act is about just that, fairness," said GOP Senate President Ty Masterson. "It simply sets guidelines that ensure the fair playing field continues for women that we have recognized for decades."
We've seen this work in Utah where the liberal "Republican" governor (who likes to state his preferred pronouns) vetoed their version of the same bill.
The bill is simply about protecting women from being beat down by men. It's as simple as that.
Republicans around the country are finally realizing it's their job to fight back against the tide of this insanity.
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