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Indiana legislatures override governor’s veto of bill banning transgender girls from sports

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana legislatures have voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would ban transgender girls from participating on sports teams at K-12 public schools designated for girls.

The Indiana House voted to override the veto on Tuesday with a 67-28 vote and the Senate overrode the veto with a 32-15 vote. The law will go into effect July 1.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit challenging the bill on behalf of a 10-year-old transgender girl, A.M. It says preventing A.

“When misinformation about biology and gender is used to bar transgender girls from school sports it amounts to the same form of sex discrimination that has long been prohibited under Title IX, a law that protects all students – including trans people – on the basis of sex and it denies the promise of the Constitution of equal protection under the law,” said Ken Falk, legal director at the ACLU of Indiana.

A.M. currently plays on her school’s all-girls softball team. Her mother says her daughter has had trouble in the past with self-confidence, but joining the team helped her come out of her shell.

“I watched as she bloomed and felt more at ease in her skin,” said A.M.’s mother. “When my daughter learned about this law, she was hurt and angry. Continue reading