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Utah's GOP Governor Breaks With Party, Won't Sign Transgender Athlete Ban

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Senate advanced their transgender athlete ban.Cox, a Republican, broke with his party and told reporters he was "very disappointed in the process" after the bill passed, which was altered by state Republicans and had been under consideration for weeks, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.In an interview with the newspaper, the governor said, "Anyone that's interacted with the transgender community understands how amazing they are and how difficult it can be for them.

I don't want to make things harder for them than they have to be."The original version of the legislation would have required transgender athletes to appear before a commission to consider their requests to participate in sports teams matching their gender identity.

The legislation was criticized by LGBTQ advocates who called it a betrayal while social conservative Republicans wanted a wider ban.Local news station KUTV reported that Republican State Senator Dan McCay introduced the transgender athlete ban proposal on Friday, noting that lawmakers had failed to reach a compromise on the issue.

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