The bill banning assistance to transgender minors moves forward in the legislature

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – LB 574, a bill banning gender-altering care for transgender children in Nebraska, passed Thursday after two rounds of voting.

The vote came after three weeks of filibustering, two days of debate and a final flurry of motions to delay the bill on Thursday. Democratic senators took turns pleading with supporters to change their minds, sometimes getting extremely emotional and sharing personal stories.

Senator Megan Hunt shared her experiences with a transgender son. Senator Lynne Walz shared her journey with a child struggling with mental health issues, and John Frederickson, an openly gay Senator, was brought to tears by his mother’s acceptance of his sexuality.

The opposing senators asked for a no vote to protect the boys. Those who voted yes, including Senator Kathleen Kauth who introduced the bill, said they were voting in favor of the bill for the same reason.

The bill passed the closure 33-16. The vote on the bill itself is 30-2. It will have to go through two more rounds of voting to become law.

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