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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Defies Party Line, Vetoes Transgender Youth Treatment Ban

For additional reporting from the Associated Press, see below:Hutchinson's veto follow pleas from pediatricians, social workers and the parents of transgender youth who said the measure would harm a community already at risk for depression and suicide.It was the latest measure targeting transgender people that easily advanced in the Arkansas Legislature and other states this year.

Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee's governors have signed laws banning transgender girls and women from competing on school sports teams consistent with the gender identity.Hutchinson recently signed a measure allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of moral or religious objections, a law that opponents have said could be used to turn away LGBTQ.

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