With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?
The supposed "conservative" Governor of Utah, Spencer J. Cox, told the Associated Press that he would veto a bill passed by the Utah State Legislature that would ban biological males, under the guise of transgenderism, from competing in female athletics.
The GOP governor put out this tweet, saying he stands with the transgender community and hopes to find some common ground with conservatives and the trans activist community.
To those hurting tonight: It's going to be ok. We're going to help you get through this.
What a pathetic excuse for a Republican governor.
This is what weakness looks like.
From the AP story:
In vowing to veto the bill, Cox directly addressed transgender student-athletes, who he said found themselves the subject of political debate through no fault of their own.
"I just want them to know that it's gonna be okay. We're gonna work through this," Cox said.
The governor had for months engaged in behind-the-scenes negotiations to broker a compromise between LGBTQ advocates and social conservatives.
After throwing his support behind a proposal to create a first-of-its-kind commission of experts in Utah to make decisions on individual transgender student-athletes aiming to participate, Cox said he was stunned on Friday night as lawmakers advanced and ultimately passed an amended proposal that included an outright ban on transgender student-athletes competing in girls leagues.
So, the plan from this governor, who pretends to be a conservative, is that he wanted to set up a government panel to individually approve or disapprove of individual trans athletes.
Legislation sent to Cox after passing through the state Senate and House on Friday bans "biological males" — which it defines as "an individual's genetics and anatomy at birth" — from girls leagues. Supporters said it would ensure fairness and safety for girls and pre-empt cultural shifts they said could lead to a growing number of transgender kids wanting to compete in girls sports in the future.
"Boys can run faster, they can jump higher and they can throw farther than girls in the same age bracket," Republican state Sen. Curt Bramble said.
"To have individuals that are born male compete against naturally born females, it's an unfair playing field," he added.
At least the people of Utah and the legislators still have the common sense to know that boys are different than girls.
But their pathetic excuse for a governor is a different story.
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