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Sun May 9, 2021, 04:08 AM

Montana governor signs bill targeting transgender athletes

On Friday afternoon, Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte announced he signed a bill that bars transgender women from playing in women's sports.

The legislation was one of the most controversial of the session. Bill sponsor Whitefish Republican Rep. John Fuller said it was meant to protect women's sports, while opponents argued it was harmful to transgender Montanans and put the state at risk for the loss of federal funding and the chance to host NCAA championship events.

Gianforte's office did not immediately respond to an email Friday seeking comment on why he signed the legislation.

In a press conference last week, he said it was an issue that "evokes a lot of passion on both sides."

Read more: https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/montana-governor-signs-bill-targeting-transgender-athletes/article_4d37e3c4-1d62-5d01-95bf-b8759a66c447.html

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