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Utah governor says he'll veto transgender youth sports ban

Utah Transgender Youth Sports
Posted at 11:13 AM, Mar 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-05 11:13:08-05

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor says he'll veto a ban on transgender girls in youth sports.

The Legislature had passed legislation late Friday night that said transgender girls wouldn't be able to compete in sports on teams that correspond with their gender identity.

Without the governor’s support, Utah is unlikely to join the 11 states, all Republican-led, that have recently enacted bans on transgender student-athletes in youth sports.

The ban was introduced in the Utah statehouse in the final hours before lawmakers adjourned after social conservatives amended a proposal to create a first-of-its-kind commission of experts to make decisions on individual transgender student-athletes aiming to compete in Utah youth sports leagues.