Update: The attempt to override the governor’s veto failed by a narrow margin. The vote in the House was 36 yeas and 29 nays; 10 votes short of the required two-thirds majority.

If you live in South Dakota, it’s time to make some phone calls. This afternoon legislators are trying to override the governor’s veto of  HB-1008. According to the bill,
“The term, biological sex, as used in this Act, means the physical
condition of being male or female as determined by a person’s
chromosomes and identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.” In other words there is no such thing as gender identity.

I originally asked “What made SD legislators hate so much that they took it out on trans kids?” On Tuesday Gov. Dennis Dougaard vetoed the legislation. Most disconcerting is the legislative process.  At a hearing not a single citizen of South Dakota testified in favor of this bill. Hundreds of students signed a petition in opposition.

The Republicans seem fiercely determined to decide, legislatively, where transgender children can pee.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.