Kentucky Governor Andrew Beshear Vetoes GOP-Backed Sports Ban for Transgender Girls
Called Senate Bill 83, the proposed ban emphasizes participation in school sports based on “biological sex.”
The governor of Kentucky, Andrew Beshear (D), has vetoed a bill that would restrict transgender girls and women from competing on school teams that align with their gender identity over what he claims is “most likely” a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
“Transgender children deserve public officials’ efforts to demonstrate that they are valued members of our communities through compassion, kindness and empathy, even if not understanding,” the governor wrote.
Sponsored by Sen. Robby Mills (R), and initially passed in February, Senate Bill 83 emphasizes that “all intercollegiate and intramural athletics authorized by the institution” are to be predicated on the “biological sex of students eligible to participate.”
“Excluding trans students deprives them of opportunities available to their peers and sends the message they are not worthy of a full life,” the Kentucky ACLU wrote in a statement on Wednesday.
In February, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem banned transgender women and girls from participating in girls’ teams in school sports. 14 other states have similar bans in place, inhibiting transgender students from playing sports consistent with their gender identity.