South Dakota Gov. Vetoes Bill to Keep Girls’ and Boys’ Bathrooms Separate

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard delivers his during his annual state of the state address at the state Capitol in Pierre. Daugaard vetoed a bill Tuesday, March 1, 2016, that would have made it the first state in the U.S. to …
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On Tuesday, the Republican Governor of South Dakota became the latest policy maker to fall for the canard of “gender identity.” Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill that would have required boys and girls to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their biological sex.

The bill, passed by the South Dakota House of Representatives, would not have allowed schoolboys in dresses to use the girl’s bathroom or locker rooms and showers.

In vetoing the legislation, Daugaard said the issue was not pressing for the state of South Dakota and said, “Local school districts can, and have, made necessary restroom accommodations that serve the best interests of all students, regardless of biological sex or gender identity.”

“Gender identity” is one of the latest ideologies promoted by a constellation of transsexual activists, the media, professional medical guilds, and policy makers. The idea is that people are not born male or female but are “assigned” a sex at birth, usually based on genitalia. Advocates of the gender ideology insist that sex is a social construct, as is gender, and that people can change their minds and the government and private businesses must adhere to the person’s new “gender identity.”

Skirmishes have occurred all over the country, as local municipalities and school districts have tried to protect themselves from the new ideology.

Schoolboys in dresses may now shower with the girls in South Dakota.


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