BREAKING: A Republican governor has just vetoed an anti-trans law.
Let me just repeat that:
A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR HAS JUST VETOED AN ANTI-TRANS LAW.
Arkansas governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender youth, calling it a ‘vast government overreach’
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) vetoed a bill that would have prohibited doctors from providing transgender minors with treatments such as puberty blockers and hormone therapies, or referring them for such medications. The bill was part of a wave of legislation in U.S. states seeking to restrict the rights of transgender young people. Similar bans are pending in at least 17 other states.
[at Washington Post]
Arkansas, for those blissfully unaware, is about as Southern, as Republican/red and as evangelical xtian as states come, and I mean that in all the worst ways.
I’m really not sure what to make of this news. I certainly don’t know what it means for Republicans, although I wouldn’t bet on any of those 17 governors in states where similar laws are pending to follow suit. The only thing I’m sure of is it means a hell of a lot to Arkansas trans kids, and to those who care about them and want the very best medical approaches available to them. And not, you know, banned.
Of course, everyone should want that for all kids. But we live in a country where the conservative asshole epidemic is worse than the goddam COVID epidemic. And that is saying something.