Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis proclaimed that he would be willing to sign legislation banning minors from getting trans surgeries.
In an interview with the Daily Caller, DeSantis was asked if he supports a ban on youths getting gender reassignment surgery.
“I’m very much opposed to chemical castration of minors, I honestly didn’t know this existed until a few years ago,” the Republican governor of Florida responded. “That would be something I would sign for sure.”
In February, Florida lawmakers introduced the Youth Gender and Sexual Identity Act, which proposed criminal penalties for health care practitioners who provide gender reassignment surgical procedures and medical treatments to children. The House bill died in a Professions & Public Health Subcommittee on April 30.
On June 1, DeSantis signed SB 1028 into law, creating the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” which bans transgender women and girls from competing in women’s sports in an effort to preserve “fair opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and abilities in athletic competition.”
“The bill that we’re doing today will ensure fairness for women athletes for years to come in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said at the time of signing the bill into law. “It says that athletic teams or sports that are designated for females are open to females. And we’re going to go based off biology.”
“It’s discrimination against our women athletes to force them to participate against male athletes,” DeSantis said. “It needs to be a level playing field, and it needs to be fair, and it should all be based on biology, not based on ideology.”
“Well, look, it’s discrimination against our women athletes to force them to participate against male athletes,” he said this week. “Selina (Soule) from Connecticut came in; she missed New England regionals for track by two places, and both of the people who beat her were biological males. And so if she had had a level playing field, she would have not only advanced to reg… (Read more)