Good news, everyone! (You know you read that in his voice) After days of fretting and worrying, the governor of South Dakota has vetoed the anti-trans bathroom bill.
As you can imagine, this bill was very controversial as it would ban transgender students from using bathrooms and single-sex facilities such as locker rooms that corresponded to their gender identity.
The governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, was pretty much the last stop for this bill as it had already passed the South Dakota Senate and the House of Representatives.
One of the biggest issues with House Bill 1008 was that due to the fact it defined “biological sex” very narrowly, it would have made it very difficult for transgender people to ever use the bathroom or locker room that they feel safest and most comfortable in.
Governor Daugaard made a statement about his veto, saying: “House Bill 1008 does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota. As policymakers in South Dakota, we often recite that the best government is the government closest to the people. Local school districts can, and have, made necessary restroom and locker room accommodations that serve the best interests of all students, regardless of biological sex or gender identity.”
He also went on to say that if the bill passed, it would “openly invite federal litigation.”
“Although there have been promises by an outside entity to provide legal defense to a school district, this provision is not memorialized in the bill. This law will create a certain liability for school districts and the state in an area where no such liability exists today.”
Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Kyle Palazzolo showed support for the veto, saying: “Governor Daugaard did the right thing. He did not allow hate and fear-mongering to dictate state policy, instead he chose to act reasonably and with compassion and demonstrated that equality is a South Dakota value. House Bill 1008 would have served no other purpose than to target transgender young people and worsen the isolation and harassment that many of them already experience.”
All together now…