The Ohio House voted to override a veto by Gov. Mike DeWine of legislation that limits medical care for transgender minors and bans transgenders from being allowed to participate in female sports in high school and college competitions.
DeWine surprised his fellow Republicans when he vetoed House Bill 68 last month. The bill sets 18 as the age of patients for when doctors can prescribe puberty blockers and perform gender transition surgery on young people.
DeWine said decisions about transgender medical care should be left to families and their physicians, but bill supporters say that gender transition surgeries and treatments are becoming far too common, and are now profit centers for doctors and clinics who mutilate and confuse children.
The vote to override the governor’s veto was a resounding 65-28. The Ohio Senate will vote on Jan 24.