Gov. Mike DeWine criticizes GOP for tacking transgender sports amendment onto unrelated bill

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Posted at 12:43 PM, Jun 25, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a statement that was critical of an amendment added to Ohio Senate Bill 187 on Friday.

The bill, which was passed by state lawmakers on Thursday, originally was created with the intent of allowing college athletes to profit off of their name, image, and likeness. At the last minute, however, Republican lawmakers added an amendment unrelated to the name, image and likeness issue, banning transgender girls from competing in women’s high school and college sports.

“This issue is best addressed outside of government, through individual sports leagues and athletic associations, including the Ohio High School Athletic Association, who can tailor policies to meet the needs of their member athletes and member institutions,” DeWine said in a statement on Friday.

The bill had bipartisan support, until the amendment was added in. It did pass in the Ohio House by a vote of 57-36, with one Republican voting against it along with 35 Democrats.

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