In Ohio, GOP Gov. Mike DeWine just made a big call that’s got conservatives seeing red! He vetoed a bill that would have blocked gender-transition services for kids and barred transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports. What a disappointment! The state legislature had given the green light to this bill, only to have DeWine slam the brakes on it.
DeWine defended his decision at a press conference, claiming the bill would have put the government in charge of making medical decisions for kids instead of parents.
Instead, DeWine is planning to roll out his own set of rules for gender clinics in the future. It looks like he’s more interested in expanding protections for children than supporting common sense legislation.
Republican lawmakers were really hoping DeWine would come through and sign the bill. Even US Sen. J.D. Vance was crossing his fingers, publicly expressing his wish for DeWine to do the right thing.
The issue of transgender athletes has been a hot topic recently, with Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer, making waves in the NCAA. It’s no wonder Ohio Republicans were pushing for this bill, especially with more than 20 other states taking a stand against gender-transition services for minors.
In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has already shut down gender-transition services for minors. He’s getting rave reviews from conservatives for standing up for what’s right.
The debate over transgender athletes has even caused a rift in the GOP primary race. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is backing DeWine’s concerns, saying parents should have the final say in their children’s decisions, not the government.