Anti-Transgender Bill 1008, or better known under the name “bathroom law” has been vetoed by South Dakota’s Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday evening, 1st of March.

The bill was endorsed last month by the Republican National Committee, passing in the state Senate with 20-15 votes.

If the Governor accepted the Bill, transgender students would have to use the bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex, or otherwise, to ask their schools for special rooms, including bathrooms, locker rooms and other similar facilities.

While South Dakota was awaiting Daugaard’s decision, LGBT advocates made sure to meet him and protect the transgender students’ rights.

After publicly commenting that he had never met a transgender person before, many people of this community contacted him. One of them was Kendra Heathscott, a transgender activist who wrote a letter to Daugaard, in which she reminded him about their first meeting at Children’s Home Society.

Government Dennis Daugaard announced his decision through a letter to the members of the House of Representatives. He explained that he vetoed Bill 1008, because its acceptance would only cause local problems and would allow unnecessary litigation. Schools would have to make a balance between federal and state law, and they would have to spend lot of time on legal, instead of educational procedures.

According to Daugaard, “this law will create a certain liability for school districts and the state in an area where no such liability exists today.”

Opinion is deeply divided on vetoed anti-transgender bill

It is uncertain whether the veto will cause conflicts between Democrats and Republicans; until now, none of the Democratic Party presidential candidates have spoken out against the “bathroom bill.”

Reactions from Republican National Committee haven’t been published yet, but some anti-LGBT lawmakers said that Bill 1008 was a “must.”

On the other hand, LGBT activists congratulate the Governor on his “human decision,” underlining the significance of this veto to every parent of a transgender student.

The number of this marginalized group in South Dakota has been estimated to 1 360 students, according by Williams Institute.

South Dakota avoided becoming a Virginia-like state, by not accepting the ‘first-of-its-kind’ bathroom law.

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