Idaho lawmakers have sent a strong message to the state's schools – and it's all about student safety. AFN spoke with Blaine Conzatti of the Idaho Family Policy Center, which worked very hard to get Senate Bill 1100 passed.
"The legislation requires schools to maintain separate changing facilities, bathrooms, locker rooms, etcetera for biological males and biological females," he describes. "This common-sense legislation is supported by 71% of Idaho voters, and it protects the privacy and safety of all students in school bathrooms."
Under the legislation, students suffering from gender dysphoria will have to use the bathroom that aligns with their God-given gender.
"It's crazy that almost 24 school districts throughout the state of Idaho currently have policies allowing boys to use girls' facilities," he adds. "But thankfully, because of this new law, those policies will end."
Let's go the other way
While the Idaho bill has been signed into law, families in Kentucky are reeling after their governor vetoed a traditional values bill that made it to his desk. On Friday, Governor Andy Beshear struck down a bill designed to protect children from woke ideology.
David Walls of the Family Foundation of Kentucky explains that one part of Senate Bill 150 forbade medical treatment and mutilation surgery for minors who want to be the opposite gender.
"[But] his veto also includes a veto of the language that would protect parental rights in education and would veto the entire bill that would also include commonsense protections for students in restrooms and locker rooms in our schools to keep boys out of girls' bathrooms," the family advocate laments.
According to Walls, many Kentucky residents – and lawmakers, for that matter – are very upset.
"What the governor has done is cave to LGBTQ advocates and really a radical sexual ideology," he states. "He has put that above protecting kids and furthered his unfortunate, continued attacks by his administration on parents."
Walls' organization is urging lawmakers in both legislative houses to override the governor's veto and show they care about children. He contends there are enough lawmakers in Boise to do exactly that.