Idaho Governor signs into law anti-transgender legislation
Two anti-transgender laws were signed into law on Monday in Idaho. Republican Gov. Brad Little approved the introduces laws, according to which the transgender people will be prohibited from changing the sex listed on their birth certificate, and another that will not allow them participating in women’s sport competitions.
With this legislation Idaho becomes the first among more than 40 states introducing the laws this year.
Opponents said it discriminated against transgender girls and women, and would subject athletes to invasive tests to prove their gender, likely causing some potential athletes to avoid sports.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the House and Senate supported both anti-transgender laws with enough votes to overrate any veto.
“We condemn Governor Little’s actions and the actions of dozens of Idaho legislators who are so focused on pleasing their bigoted base instead of doing what is right,” said Mistie Tolman, Idaho director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, adding the laws make Idaho one of the “cruelest states in the country.”
On March 24, the U.S. Justice Department came out in support of the lawsuit, arguing that the state's inclusive policy violates the federal Title IX law allowing girls equal educational and athletic opportunities.