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By Jon Schweppe, First Things, March 31, 2021
Earlier this month, Gov. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) tweeted that she was “excited” to sign House Bill 1217, legislation that would ban biological men from participating in girls’ sports in her state. But two weeks later, she changed her mind, announcing that she would instead be issuing a “style and form” veto of the bill. And on Monday, after these “style and form” changes failed to pass the South Dakota House of Representatives, Noem officially vetoed the bill.
Noem says that most of her objections concern the bill’s language. She claims that the bill creates an insurmountable administrative burden by asking student athletes to fill out a form specifying their sex as determined by birth. According to Noem, this would be “impossible” for families to do. Instead, she wants an athlete’s sex determination to be based on the sex listed on his or her birth certificate (birth certificates can easily be amended in the state of South Dakota). Noem also argues that the bill’s prohibition on performance-enhancing drugs might stop kids from taking their multivitamins, and that its section providing an option for girls to sue schools that violate the law is unacceptable because—as she said in a press conference—it would be a “trial lawyer’s dream.” …