Red State Republicans Pass Controversial New Law

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( – On Wednesday, the Kansas state legislature passed a bill that would ban transgender students from participating in female sports from kindergarten to college.

The state’s Democratic governor Laura Kelly had previously vetoed this law before her veto was overturned by the Republican supermajorities. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act was rejected by Kelly on March 17. Two other similar legislations had also been previously blocked by Kelly.

Republican lawmakers who introduced this legislation suggested that confirmation for biological gender could be confirmed through a physical examination, or “genital inspection.”

Transgender rights in female sports have become a deeply controversial issue, with many claiming that transgender women must be treated in the same way that other women are. Others however have claimed that biological women in these spaces needed to be protected and that transgender women are different.

A 2022 survey by the Pew Research Center showed that 38 percent of Americans believed that society had done enough to accept transgender people, while 36 percent had claimed that society had not gone far enough.

HB 2238 was enacted into law on Wednesday after a vote in the state’s House that was won by 84 to 40 and a vote in the Senate that resulted in 28 to 12. With these results, the governor’s veto was overridden.

The law is going to take effect on July 1 and would prohibit all biologically male students from participating in female sports, in both teams or the female categories. Mixed teams are allowed where female students will be able to participate in men’s sporting events.

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