Janet Porter of Ohio-based Faith 2 Action:
"[It is wrong] to tell young girls in sporting events that you can forget about your scholarship, you can forget about anything that resembles a fair playing field; [and instead tell them] we're going to let men who are usually pretty poor in men's sports to come and take the trophy when they play as women."
Linda Harvey of Ohio-based Misson: America:
"[Ohio's Republican lawmakers] really do have the concerns of children in mind – and not the concerns of the LGBTQ activist community [which] joined with Big Pharma, joined with big activist billionaire transgenders, and all of the people who have been pushing this horrific agenda on children.
Aaron Baer of Ohio-based Center for Christian Virtue:
"We sent a strong message to the Children's Hospital, in particular, that we're not going to let you abuse our children anymore; that in Ohio, children are going to be free to come up and be raised without being mutilated and sterilized; and that girls are going to be able to compete in a fair and level playing field."
Comments from interviews with American Family News.
The law, which Governor Mike DeWine attempted to kill, also protects women's and girl's sports teams from biological men who try to become members of those female teams.
With the governor's veto defeated, officials expect the law to take effect in roughly 90 days. The Republican-majority House had voted to override the veto earlier this month.
DeWine reiterated his claim Wednesday that he vetoed the legislation — to the chagrin of his party — to protect parents and children from government overreach on medical decisions. But the first week of January, he signed an executive order banning gender-manipulation surgeries for people under 18.
At least 22 states have now enacted laws restricting or banning gender-manipulation procedures for minors, and many of those states face lawsuits. Courts have issued mixed rulings. The nation’s first law, in Arkansas, was struck down by a federal judge who said the ban on care violated the due process rights of youth and their families.
1/25/2024 - Sidebar added.