BREAKING NEWS: Governor Vetoes Landmark Transgender Bathroom Bill

After the South Dakota House of Representatives voted 58 to 10 and the Senate voted 20 to 15 in favor of a bill that would require students to use school restrooms and locker rooms that matched their biological sex rather than their "gender identity," Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard just now overturned HB 1008 with a veto.


According to CNN, if the bill had passed at midnight tonight as planned, South Dakota would have been the first state to have enacted a law of that nature.

Although both the House and Senate strongly supported the bill, Daugaard was met with pressure from ACLU, the Human Rights Campaign, and Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner, according to NPR. He said he also met with transgender students and parents.

Explaining his decision to veto, he said, "I heard their personal stories. And so I saw things through their eyes in that sense. I had read other personal stories. Certainly I'm getting personal stories through the emails, and through what I read in the paper."

According to ABC News, Daugaard saw no pressing need for the bill and said the issue of which bathrooms and locker rooms transgender students use should be left up to each school district.

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