The governor called the legislation “a product of cultural warfare in America”, stating that his veto came even when he believed the bill was “fair.”
The bill, called the Arkansas Save Alleges from Experiment (SAFE) Act, passed the state Senate last month by a vote of 28-7. The Rajya Sabha passed it by 70-22 votes in early March.
Bill did what has been called an “exception” for some intersex people with unspecified chromosomal makeup and hormone production, and with difficulties that stem from previous gender-affirming treatments. It would also have banned so-called cross-hormone therapy, a gender-affirming treatment that allows trans people to change their physical identity to be more consistent with their gender identity.
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