Indiana governor vetoes bill that would ban transgender girls from playing sports

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The governor of Indiana on Monday vetoed a bill banning transgender women from participating in girls’ school sports while signing another eliminating the state’s licensing requirement for carry handguns in public.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decisions come after both measures faced intense opposition before being approved by the GOP-dominated legislature that passed what became a pair of conservative causes across the country.

The governor stayed on the sidelines as lawmakers debated the two issues and made his decisions just before his Tuesday deadline for action.

Opponents of the transgender sports bill have argued it is a bigoted response to a problem that doesn’t exist, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana saying it plans a legal action against what she called “hate legislation”.

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