In Utah, state legislators voted to override Gov. Spencer Cox’s veto of an anti-transgender sports bill that would ban transgender girls from participating in sports according to their gender identity.
The ban will now take effect on July 1, after the state’s House and Senate each gathered the necessary two-thirds of votes to override the governor’s veto.
When he vetoed the bill earlier, Cox wrote that “the bill was substantially changed in the final hours of the legislative session with no public input and in a way that will likely bankrupt the Utah High School Athletic Association and result in millions of dollars in legal fees for local school districts.”
But the state’s senate president Sen. J. Stuart Adams vowed to override the veto; and which eventually happened.
In a statement released by Adams, he stated that “doing nothing is taking a step backward for women. Finding a solution to this complicated issue is necessary to maintain fair competition now and in the future.”
In the US now, at least 11 other states have bans against transgender athletes.