SOUTH DAKOTA — This afternoon, immediately following the South Dakota’s legislature’s decision to kill Gov. Kristi Noem’s style-and-form veto of HB 1217, the anti-transgender sports ban bill that she had previously expressed excitement about signing, Gov. Noem released two anti-transgender executive orders. Noem’s decision exposes South Dakota to the economic, legal, and reputational threats that political action can have on other states that are looking to pass similar anti-trans legislation and executive orders.
The two executive orders, Executive Order 2021-05 and 2021-06, would ban trans girls and women from participating in sports from kindergarten through college. South Dakotans have been justifiably concerned about the financial and reputational threats of an unnecessary legal battle in their state.
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