Kansas Lawmakers Just Redefined "Sex” to Erase Transgender People
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Here is an important article about what has been going on in the state of Kansas recently:
The state legislature overrode a governor’s veto to pass the extreme legislation.
Kansas Republicans forced through one of the nation’s most extreme — and incoherent — anti-transgender bills this week, prohibiting legal gender changes and requiring people to use public facilities that match their sex assigned at birth.
On Thursday, GOP lawmakers overrode Gov. Laura Kelly’s Monday veto of SB 180, which strictly defines “biological sex” as a male-female binary based on one’s capacity to “produce ova” or “fertilize” for purposes of reproduction. It also legally links terms like “mother,” “father,” “man,” and “woman” to biological sex.
The bill goes on to specify that “areas where biology, safety or privacy are implicated” — including public bathrooms, locker rooms, prisons, and abuse shelters — are necessarily sex-segregated spaces that do not constitute “unfair discrimination,” and must remain separated in the interest “of protecting the health, safety and privacy of individuals in such circumstances.”
Because the law mandates that a person’s legal gender must correspond to their assigned sex, SB 180 will also functionally bar any attempts to change one’s gender marker on legal documents, like driver’s licenses or other state-issued identification, effective July 1. But SB 180 does not provide any framework for enforcement of the law, nor does it outline what penalties a person would face for violating it.
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