March 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
S.D. House fails to override veto of anti-trans bill

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The South Dakota House of Representatives on March 3, 2016, failed to override the veto of an anti-transgender bill. (Photo by Dk4hb; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The South Dakota House of Representatives on Thursday failed to override the veto of a bill that would ban transgender students from using restrooms in public schools that are consistent with their gender identity.

Supporters of House Bill 1008 needed two-thirds of lawmakers to vote in favor of overriding Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto earlier this week. The effort failed by a margin of 36-29.

State Rep. Fred Deutsch (R-Florence), who sponsored HB 1008, described it as “an important, values-based bill.” State Rep. Karen Soli (D-Sioux Falls) categorized the measure as “unnecessary.”

State Rep. Steve Haugaard (R-Sioux Falls) before the vote said being a trans person is “not embedded in their DNA.” The Sioux Falls Republican added the “lifestyle will never be embedded in” their soul.

The American Civil Liberties Union South Dakota and other advocacy groups celebrated Thursday’s vote.

Matt McTighe, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, an LGBT advocacy group, in a statement applauded the lawmakers who voted to sustain Daugaard’s veto.

“Governor Daugaard showed tremendous leadership and did the right thing when he vetoed this dangerous legislation, and we are pleased the House sustained his veto,” said McTighe. “This bill was not only discriminatory to transgender students, but would have put the safety and privacy of all students at risk.”

The Washington Blade will provide more details as they become available.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • lucky for them they have a grown-up as a governor.

    states are finding their attempts to discriminate against lgbts are costing them big $$$$$ in legal fees. plus big business has come down firmly on the side of the gays.

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