As trans rights spills out onto the school sports field (where politicians have decided that the current culture war shall take place), a blow has been struck by the right side of the debate for a change.
After a spate of states passing various anti trans bills across the USA, Governor John Bel Edwards squashed the Louisiana version saying: ‘As I have said repeatedly when asked about this bill, discrimination is not a Louisiana value, and this bill was a solution in search of a problem that simply does not exist in Louisiana.’
Edwards is a moderate Democrat and this has become more about politics than about the people involved, a fact that did not escape his notice. In an online statement this week, he said ‘Even the author of the bill acknowledged throughout the legislative session that there wasn’t a single case where this was an issue.’
What? Someone talking sense on the matter?! We’re glad we’re sitting down. The Louisiana governor didn’t stop there though and continued apace with his frankly moving statement: ‘Further, it would make life more difficult for transgender children, who are some of the most vulnerable Louisianans when it comes to issues of mental health. We should be looking for more ways to unite rather than divide our citizens. And while there is no issue to be solved by this bill, it does present real problems in that it makes it more likely that NCAA and professional championships, like the 2022 Final Four, would not happen in our state. For these and for other reasons, I have vetoed the bill.’
Sadly you can’t drop the mic in an online statement but we like to think that he would, had it been live. The amount of these bills that are passing where the participants and the voters don’t even know any cases that would be affected by it is outrageous, making it literally ALL to do with politics and a to show what side of the fence you are on. Well, we know on which side we reside, and that’s with Gov. Edwards and the trans kids of America.