Transgender rights groups are urging Idaho Governor Brad Little to veto two harmful bills.
The northwestern state’s Republican dominated legislature passed two bills that would affect its transgender population. One of the bills would prohibit transgender Idahoans from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates. A permanent injunction was issued against this proposal by Idaho’s U.S. District Court in March 2018.
“Idaho lawmakers might as well try to tear down the federal courthouse if they have this much contempt for the rule of law,” said Lambda Legal Counsel Peter Renn, a member of the legal team that obtained the injunction. “They are explicitly defying a court order and exposing Idaho taxpayers to footing the bill for significant financial consequences – all while putting transgender people back in harm’s way for harassment and even violence, and once again making Idaho a national outlier. While the rest of the world is on fire responding to our global health crisis, Idaho lawmakers are fixated on transgender people’s birth certificates and coming up with solutions in search of problems.”
The second bill -- dubbed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act -- bans trans girls and women from participating in sports that align with their gender identity. The ACLU said the bills are designed to demonize trans youth.
“This legislation discriminates against transgender individuals and presents a dangerous potential for the invasion of privacy of all Idaho students who would be subjected to unwarranted medical testing to “prove” their biological sex, and it distracts from the urgent need for the State of Idaho to focus its attention on the global pandemic, COVID-19,” reads a news release from the ACLU of Idaho.