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Holcomb vetoes bill that restricts transgender girls’ participation in sports

<p>Trans pride flags flutter in the wind at a gathering to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2017, at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles. Holcomb vetoed House Bill 1041, a bill that would ban transgender girls’ participation in girls’ K-12 sports, Monday.</p>

Trans pride flags flutter in the wind at a gathering to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2017, at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles. Holcomb vetoed House Bill 1041, a bill that would ban transgender girls’ participation in girls’ K-12 sports, Monday.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb vetoed House Bill 1041, a bill that would ban transgender girls’ participation in girls’ K-12 sports Monday. 

Holcomb said the bill doesn’t give a consistent or clear state policy, and he added that he has not seen evidence that Indiana’s competitive female sports are not fair, according to the Indy Star

The bill is heavily backed by Indiana’s Republican Party, but Indiana’s Democratic Party previously asked Holcomb to veto the bill. The American Civil Liberties Union stated it would take the decision to court should the Indiana General Assembly sign the bill into law, according to the Indy Star.

The Indiana Republican Party has a chance to override Holcomb’s veto May 24, when lawmakers reconvene for technical corrections, according to 13News. Republican lawmakers do plan to override, according to a statement from House Speaker Todd Huston and Rep. Michelle Davis, the bill’s author.

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