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Governor Little signs into law anti-transgender legislation

Governor Brad Little
Governor Brad Little

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday signed into law two anti-transgender bills.

The Republican governor approved legislation that prohibits transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates, and another that bans transgender girls and women from competing in women's sports.

The birth certificate measure ignores a 2018 federal court ruling that a past law barring transgender people from making the birth certificate changes violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The judge scrapped the ban and warned against new rules. The Idaho attorney general's office said it could cost $1 million if the state had to defend the ban again and lost.

Backers say the law is needed so Idaho has accurate birth records.

The sports ban applies to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls' or women's team will not be open to transgender students who identify as female.

Backers said the law was needed because transgender female athletes have physical advantages.

Opponents said it discriminated against transgender girls and women, and would subject athletes to invasive tests to prove their gender, likely causing some potential athletes to avoid sports.

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  1. I find it….interesting(?) that two bills/laws intended to (A) provide females–who were BORN that way–protection from muscled-up used-to-be-men in sporting contests and (B) prevent alteration of what is arguably the most IMPORTANT documentation–certainly the FIRST–issued by the government which, in theory, watches out for its citizens’ rights, are labeled as ‘anti-transgender’. Your bias is showing LN8. 😉

    1. He was right to sign them. Its not right a person born a male compete with a female. The male has a great advantage. And as far as birth certificates go it should show the gender the person was born. One main reason is if that person needed to be identified by DNA. Say a body is found and its male but the birth certificate say female it would create all kinds of problems. Just for that reason it should win in a court. Its time we quit bending over backwards to appease these people.

  2. “Opponents said it discriminated against transgender girls and women,…”
    What about the discrimination against actual girls and women; not those who THINK they are girls and women?

    As for the birth certificate issue, it is an official state record of the birth of a child and that birth can only be male, female and possibly hermaphrodite (which by most states is allowed to be changed at time of maturity and when actual sex is determined). It is not a record of a persons great idea of what THEY think they are, and when allowing it, what’s to stop a change to race, or other information on the certificate.

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