Wisconsin governor vetoes transgender athlete ban

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04/02/2024

Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers rejected a proposal Tuesday to ban transgender student-athletes from competing on sports teams consistent with their gender identity, calling the Republican-led legislation “hateful and discriminatory” and part of a broader attack on transgender rights nationwide. “I am vetoing this bill in its entirety because I object to codifying discrimination into state statute,” Evers wrote Tuesday in a lengthy veto message for Assembly Bill 377, which passed the state’s GOP-controlled Legislature earlier this month. “I believe this bill fails to comport with our Wisconsin values. We expect our kids to treat each other with kindness, respect, empathy, and compassion, and we should be able to expect adults to lead by example,” Evers wrote. “I urge the Republican majority to do so while fully considering the harmful consequences its efforts and actions have on our kids prior to introducing similar legislation in the future.”

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