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Wisconsin lawmakers consider banning transgender athletes

The measures face almost certain vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers.
The measures face almost certain vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers.(WMTV)
Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 10:53 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Female athletes are urging Wisconsin lawmakers to ban transgender people from participating in girls’ and women’s sports, while opponents of the Republican-backed measures say they are discriminatory and chasing a problem that doesn’t exist.

A broad array of more than 30 groups opposed the measures that got their first public hearings Wednesday before three legislative committees.

Supporters including female athletes and representatives from national groups pushing similar laws in other states, argued that the sanctity of girls’ and women’s sports was at stake.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had signaled that he would veto the bills.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican-backed bills that would prohibit transgender athletes in Wisconsin from participating in girls’ and women’s sports teams met with broad opposition at their first public hearings before legislative committees.

More than 30 groups oppose the measures heard Wednesday. Among them are the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, which regulates high school sports, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the statewide teachers union.

Supporters say the measures are needed because transgender girls have a biological advantage over other girls.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has signaled that he would veto the measures should they pass the GOP-controlled Legislature.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The public gets a chance to tell Wisconsin state lawmakers how they feel about a pair of bills that would prohibit transgender athletes from participating in girl and women sports teams all the way from kindergarten through college.

The measures are up for public hearings Wednesday.

The Republican-authored bills are part of a nationwide movement targeting transgender people, particularly athletes. The measures face almost certain vetoes by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has said he is troubled by them while voicing support for transgender students.

No one has registered in support of the measures.

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