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Kentucky Legislature overrides governor's veto of transgender care restrictions

The Senate voted 29-8 in favor of overriding the veto while the House did so by a 76-23 margin.

Published: March 29, 2023 4:02pm

Updated: March 29, 2023 5:17pm

The Kentucky legislature on Wednesday overrode a veto from Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, pushing through a bill restricting access to gender-related treatments and limiting use of bathrooms in schools.

The bill comes in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting in Nashville, Tenn., in which a transgender individual killed three students and three faculty members at a Christian school.

The Senate voted 29-8 in favor of overriding the veto while the House did so by a 76-23 margin, the Associated Press reported.

"We cannot allow people to continue down the path of fantasy, to where they’re going to end up 10, 20, 30 years down the road and find themselves miserable from decisions that they made when they were young," Republican Rep. Shane Baker said on Wednesday, per the outlet.

The bill bars minors from receiving certain gender-related treatments and requires students to use bathrooms in line with their biological sex rather than gender identities. It also restricts discussion of sexual topics in schools for students of all ages.

Numerous Republican-leaning states have pursued comparable legislation in recent months, with Tennessee doing so shortly before the violent episode in Nashville.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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