An attempt by Louisiana Republicans
to resurrect a bill prohibiting transgender students
from participating in sports
failed Wednesday after lawmakers failed to muster enough support to override
A bill prohibiting transgender girls from participating in school
sports would have moved forward if they had been successful, despite the fact that Gov. John Bel Edwards
(D) vetoed it last month, calling it a discriminatory solution to a "problem that simply does not exist."
The outcome on Wednesday was a setback for Republicans, who took historic steps last week to overturn the governor's decision on the issue, calling a special veto session for the first time
Louisiana GOP House
Speaker Clay Schexnayder described the strategy as “democracy
in action,” and on Monday he boasted that he was “comfortable 100%” that his party would overturn the veto, which requires a two-thirds majority in both the state House and Senate
Despite their Senate victory on Wednesday, Republicans fell two votes
short in the House, where, despite the addition of one Democrat, a Republican lawmaker and an independent voted against the veto override.
Rep. Royce Duplessis (D) delivered some of the most impassioned remarks against the bill on Wednesday, tearing apart the GOP's claim that transgender girls have an unfair advantage in school sports.
Thank you, @RoyceDuplessis, for your words, passion, and leadership. The Black
Caucus is proud to have helped sustain this rightful veto. #lablackcaucus #doingthework #lalege pic.twitter.com/8p66pYGu5G — Black Caucus (@LAblackcaucus) July 21, 2021
“This bill will not protect our girls,” he told his colleagues. “It will only further ostracize and alienate our state’s most vulnerable and marginalized children
, children who suffer from extraordinary levels of depression
, and violent attacks, many of which end in death
Those kids, he stressed, are "not on a mission to dominate sports. They're not. They're on a mission to survive."
Several similar bills have passed in Republican-controlled legislatures across the country this year, with over a dozen becoming law so far.
Rep. Joe Stagni, the lone House Republican who sided with Democrats
on the issue, may face repercussions from his party, according to Louisiana state GOP chair Louis Gurvich, who said after the vote that Republicans would try to recall
Louisiana Republicans also failed to override any of Edwards' other vetoes, including one on legislation repealing concealed handgun restrictions.