Bill to ban caring for transgender minors advances in legislature

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) – LB 574, a bill to ban gender reassignment care for transgender children in Nebraska, passed after two ballots Thursday.

The vote came after three weeks of piracy, two days of debate and a latest flurry of proposals to delay the bill on Thursday. Democratic senators took turns pleading with supporters to change their minds, at times becoming extremely emotional and sharing personal stories.

Senator Megan Hunt shared her experience of having a transgender son. Senator Lynn Walz spoke of her journey with a child with mental health issues, and John Frederickson, an openly gay senator, was brought to tears by his own mother’s acceptance of his sexuality.

The opposing senators asked not to vote to protect children. Those who voted in favor, including Senator Kathleen Caut, who introduced the bill, said they voted in favor of the bill for the same reason.

The bill passed a close vote to stop the filibuster 33–16; this allowed the actual bill to be passed by a vote of 30 to 2. It would need to go through two more rounds of voting to become law.

Bailey Bishof tells how the bill becomes law in the Nebraska legislature.

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