As promised, the Indiana General Assembly has overturned the veto of House Bill 1041 by Prime Minister Eric Holcomb, which prohibits transgender girls from engaging in girls ’school sports.
The law that Holcomb vetoed in late March will come into force on July 1. Civil rights groups have said their opponents will sue the cruel and unnecessary law in the courts.
Within hours of receiving Holcomb’s veto, Republicans began calling on lawmakers to repeal it. Republicans have a large majority in both chambers of the state, but they only need a simple majority to overcome the veto.
The House voted to overcome the veto, 67-28, and the Senate did the same, 32-15.
“It’s a policy that we think is appropriate,” said Pro Tempore Senate President Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville. “We don’t like to sue the Indiana state, but it does happen from time to time.”
Lawmakers were on Tuesday at Statehouse’s annual technical correction day, correcting errors in the language of the previous session’s bill. The session ended in mid-March.
Deputy Michelle Davis, R-Whiteland, wrote HB 1041.
“The purpose of this bill is to maintain fair competition in girls’ sports now and in the future, ”Davis said Tuesday afternoon. Davis and many members of the Home Republic Caucus were dressed in pink to support the girls ’sport.
Many members of the House of Representatives Caucus were dressed in pink, many of whom wore buttons for choice. Members of Parliament may return to a special session this year to adopt abortion restrictions. The Republican leadership said they are awaiting a final decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Veto:The Eric Holcomb government has vetoed banning transgender girls from playing sports in school
In his veto, Holcomb said House Bill 1041 did not advance the goal of providing a clear and consistent policy to ensure fairness in the state’s K-12 sports, which would likely invite an anti-state lawsuit and not seek to resolve an issue. It exists in Indiana.
“It means that the goals of consistency and fairness in women’s competitive sports are not being met today,” Holcomb wrote in a letter explaining his veto. “After an in-depth look, I can’t find any evidence to support the claim, even if I accept the general purpose.”
The Indiana High School Athletics Association has a policy to regulate the participation of transgender athletes in participating schools. In order for young transgender people to compete in a Indiana institute team that matches their gender identity, IHSAA regulations must prove that they live as a gender that they identify with for at least one year.
The veto came as a good surprise to the families of transgender children and their advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who have been fighting hard against the law for months.
A few hours before the vote, many of them gathered on the grass south of the Statehouse, but did not fight. That would come later.
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For an hour, they got together to play.
Kit Malone, an advocacy strategist at the ACLU in Indiana, said the event was organized to allow children and families to have fun and forget about fighting.
“It’s been emotionally difficult for all the family and young people,” Malon said. “And this is an opportunity to do what young people and children and families should do.
“And that’s just playing and forgetting that weight a little bit.”
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Abby Allen, a senior at Purdue Polytechnic High School, took the opportunity to be herself. As a transgender girl, Allen said she doesn’t always support it. Playing with other kids and families outside of the statehouse, Allen said he has done all kinds of grown-up sports.
“I like being who I am,” she said, looking at her red dress, black leggings and platform boots, “It’s something I can’t do much about.”
State and foreign Democrats continued to oppose the measure. Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor, an Indianapolis MP, described HB 1041 as “clearly discriminatory” and accused those who voted for it of “throwing children under the bus” to get political points.
State Party President Mike Schmuhl called it a “national party clean-up test.”
“The election by the Indiana GOP to overthrow Governor Holcomb’s veto,” he said, “will be remembered as a time when elected Republicans used the power of their offices to persecute innocent children.”
Many in the LGBTQ community and those working with transgender youth have said they fear targeting them and banning girls from transgender, especially if having equal opportunities for their cisgender partners will be detrimental to their mental health.
This story will be updated.