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Pennsylvania gov says he'll veto ban on transgender athletes in women's sports

Pennsylvania gov says he'll veto ban on transgender athletes in women's sports
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom WolfTom WolfPennsylvania lifting COVID-19 restrictions, but not mask mandate, on Memorial Day West Virginia governor signs bill restricting transgender athletes Lawmakers brace for battles with colleagues as redistricting kicks off MORE (D) said Monday that he will veto a bill banning transgender athletes from playing women's sports in the state, should it pass the state legislature.

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Pennsylvania's "Fairness in Women's Sports Act" is one of multiple such bills advancing in states across the country over the vehement objections of advocates and health experts.

Last month, Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonGenetic material from 1993 killing revealed years after another man executed for crime, groups say Arkansas governor allows bill targeting critical race theory in state agencies to become law Pennsylvania gov says he'll veto ban on transgender athletes in women's sports MORE (R) signed into law a ban on transgender girls and women participating in K-12 and collegiate level sports that align with their gender identity, following a similar move earlier this year by Mississippi.

Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David called Hutchinson’s decision “an affront not just to the transgender kids it is bound to hurt but to all Arkansans who will be impacted by its consequences" in a statement to the Associated Press at the time.

"Hutchinson is ignoring the ugly history of states that have dared to pass anti-transgender legislation in years past, and by doing so he is exposing Arkansas to economic harm, expensive taxpayer-funded legal battles, and a tarnished reputation,” David said.