BATON ROUGE, LA — Today, on the final day of regular session, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed Senate Bill 156, an anti-transgender bill that would ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. The legislature would have to hold a veto session to override this veto.
Louisiana was one of more than thirty states that have either considered or passed restrictions against transgender athletes. Seven states — Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Montana, and West Virginia — have enacted anti-transgender legislation this session. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued a “style and form” veto to similar legislation in her state before issuing two executive orders to similar effect.
States have now enacted more anti-LGBTQ laws this year than in the last three years combined. So far in 2021, more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been enacted into law and more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been under consideration in state legislatures across the country. Of those, more than 120 directly target transgender people and about half would, like SB 156, ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity.
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