Just The News: Republican lawmakers in the Indiana Legislature banned biological males from playing on girls’ sports teams, overriding a veto by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.
The vote makes Indiana the most recent state to pass legislation banning biological males who identify as women from participating in sports that do not align with their gender assigned at birth.
Holcomb, who is serving his second term and must retire in 2024, vetoed the bill in March, arguing that it would be challenged in court and questioning whether it solved any pressing matters.
The bill “implies that the goals of consistency and fairness in competitive female sports are not currently being met,” the governor said at the time. “After thorough review, I find no evidence to support either claim even if I support the overall goal.”
Following the override vote, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana announced it had filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a 10-year-old biological male who identifies as a girl and plays on the school’s girls’ softball team. read more