INDIANAPOLIS (LifeSiteNews) – Indiana lawmakers voted Tuesday to override Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of a bill banning males from girls’ sports, making the state the 17th to enact legislation protecting sports from LGBT ideology.
HEA 1041, which Holcomb vetoed in March, requires public and private schools to “expressly designate” sports as either for boys or girls and prohibits males, based on sex “in accordance with genetics and reproductive biology” from joining girls’ teams.
Under the bill, female students and their parents can sue schools over lost athletic opportunities or other harm suffered due to having to compete against boys.
The Indiana House voted 67-28 to override Holcomb’s veto, and the Senate backed the override in a 32-15 vote. Four Republicans in the state Senate and three in the House voted to uphold the veto, NBC News reported.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana immediately filed a lawsuit challenging HEA 1041, which takes effect July 1, according to NBC. Just two of the more than 17 state laws enacted in recent years to protect women’s sports from gender-confused males have been blocked by courts.
Gov. Holcomb said in a statement Tuesday that he hasn’t changed his position on the bill, which he said in March will increase the “likelihood of litigation” against schools.
Republican Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, however, called the legislation “a matter of simple fairness.”
“We don’t like to get to the state of Indiana sued, but it happens from time to time,” he said Tuesday. “It’s a policy that I think we can stand behind.”
"@GovHolcomb may not want to do anything about the radical Left’s gender agenda, but Hoosiers do."@RepJimBanks and APP president @Schilling1776 urge the Indiana legislature to override Holcomb's veto and protect girls' sports!https://t.co/lChA6vosWd
— American Principles 🇺🇸 (@approject) May 24, 2022
Seven other states with GOP-led legislatures have approved similar laws this year, including South Dakota, Iowa, Utah, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. Earlier this month, a Georgia athletic association of more than 400 schools banned students from competing based on “gender identity.”
Recent polling shows that solid majorities of swing state voters support laws to safeguard single-sex sports at the K-12 and collegiate levels.
At least 135 U.S. teachers and teachers’ aides have already been arrested in 2022 for child-related sex crimes, ranging from child porn possession to rape, and these are only the cases reported by the media.
And, while the vast majority of teachers are upstanding citizens, we also know some are indoctrinating our children with the LGBT ideology and practices to "make an ally of them" at a wholly inappropriate age.
This is not acceptable, and must be stopped now.
SIGN: Congress must ban federal funding for schools promoting sex or LGBT ideologies among children.
With Governor Ron DeSantis already taking action in Florida, banning instruction on sexuality and gender identity by teachers among third graders and younger, it's now time to see a federal push to effectively end such meddling in the minds of our children.
Parents have a responsibility to defend their children from those who overstep boundaries, whether that's in the form of LGBT propaganda, pornography, or other forms of sexualization in schools.
Too often the media downplays what's at stake: nothing less than the innocence of our children, and sometimes even their very lives, as this grieving Mom explained in March.
SIGN and SHARE: Congress must ban federal funding for schools who attempt to sexualize children.
76% of the arrests of teachers and aides for child-related sex-crimes this year involved assaults on students.
Jonathan van Maren reports that while one California teacher was charged with aggravated assault of a child, another was charged with 29 counts of child molestation.
A North Carolina science teacher was charged with 27 counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 28 counts of “indecent liberties with a student.”
Parents need to construct every possible barrier to more children being abused, and one important way is to stop groomers and potential groomers from discussing sex with children in the classroom.
It is a violation of trust to introduce someone else's precious child to the minefield of sexuality, and it breaks down inhibitions that are meant to protect our most vulnerable young people.
SIGN TODAY: Pull federal funding from any school that sexualizes children
We already know that drag queens, some of whom admit to grooming, have no place in the classroom, and that teaching children about gender identities and sexual preferences is wholly inappropriate, but it's beyond time we took action.
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Professional female skateboarder Taylor May Silverman last week publicly blasted Red Bull for allowing a man who goes by “Lilian” Gallagher to sweep the women’s Red Bull Cornerstone event last year.
Studies have repeatedly found that gender-confused males’ innate physical advantages allow them to outperform women massively in athletic competitions, regardless of attempts at a feminized appearance. A February 2021 study in Sports Medicine reported that a full year of transgender hormones resulted in only “very modest changes” in men’s muscle mass and strength.
Along with Gov. Holcomb, two other Republican governors, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, have vetoed sport fairness bills in recent years. Utah lawmakers overrode Cox’s veto in March.