Breaking: Montana Governor Signs Law Banning Transgender Treatment For Minors, Removes Trans Lawmaker From Proceedings

Gov. Greg Gianforte delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the Montana Senate and House of Representatives at the State Capitol in Helena in January.Credit…Thom Bridge/Independent Record, via Associated Press

Isn’t it disgusting that we now need lawmakers to pass legislation to protect our children from Satan’s minions?

While we most certainly need to applaud this action as a win for conservatives, we also instinctively take a moment to mourn the current state of our country. The liberal agenda has burned across our continent, searing its ugly woke principles into the hearts of too many people.

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The New York Times covered the story:

“The Republican governor of Montana, Greg Gianforte, signed a bill into law on Friday to restrict transition care for transgender minors, joining about a dozen states that have adopted similar laws since the beginning of the year.

“The bill, which prohibits transitional hormone treatments and surgeries for transgender people under 18, led to a standoff this month between House leadership and Representative Zooey Zephyr, one of the Legislature’s only transgender lawmakers.

“In a speech on the House floor last week, Ms. Zephyr told her conservative colleagues that the ban would put “blood on your hands,” and that denying transition care would be “tantamount to torture.” For days after, House leadership refused to call on Ms. Zephyr during discussion of any bill up for consideration before the House.”

Do you think this trans lawmaker was being ironical or does it really believe that conservatives are the bad guys here? It’s hard to judge a righteous judgment anymore when the hearts of so many have been infected with this wickedness.

And on Wednesday, the Republican-controlled House took the extraordinary step of blocking her from the House floor for the remainder of the legislative session, which ends on May 5.

Representative Zooey Zephyr at the Montana State Capitol in Helena this week.Credit…Rebecca Stumpf for The New York Times

Some of us are left wondering how a trans person gets elected into the House of a conservative state in the first place. Or, is Montana starting to turn purple?

Let’s hope not.

Ms. Zephyr called the decision to pass the law “unconscionable” and said it would harm transgender people across the state. “It’s clear that anti-trans policies do not align with Montana’s values,” she said in a telephone interview. “We are a state that cares for its community. There are trans people through every community in this state.”

She said she believed the measure would be struck down in court, and the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups said they would be filing a lawsuit “to protect transgender youth in Montana from being stripped of access to health care that keeps them healthy and alive.”

The bill was also opposed by Mr. Gianforte’s son, David Gianforte, who identifies as nonbinary and had asked his father to reject what he called “immoral, unjust” bills backed by Republicans.

The governor did not speak publicly on the bill on Friday, but his office issued a brief statement.

“He is committed to protecting Montana’s children from invasive medical treatments that can permanently alter their healthy, developing bodies,” the governor’s spokeswoman, Kaitlin Price, said in an email.

Representative Kim Abbott, the House Democratic leader, confirmed the adoption of the bill Friday afternoon over her party’s opposition.

“I’m very disappointed it’s becoming law,” she said in an interview. “It is very damaging policy. It impacts families and communities who are trying to obtain medically necessary care.”

The bill was first sent to the governor’s desk last week. But Mr. Gianforte sent it back to lawmakers with amendments, along with a letter noting that gender-affirming care was a misleading term and comparing it to “Orwellian Newspeak.”

Again, we applaud Governor Gianforte, but all the while we still mourn that this step was even necessary.

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