Utah’s GOP Governor says he won’t sign bill banning transgender athletes from girls sports as it stands

At a monthly news conference Republican Governor Spencer Cox said the way a current bill on banning transgender athletes from high school sports stands, he wouldn’t sign it.

Cox said “I think there’s still much that we can do to protect women’s sports and also, to send a message to trans kids that there’s a place for them, and that they belong,” adding “and that’s really important to me that they know that.”

Cox got emotional during the press conference, saying “when you spend time with these kids, it changes your heart,” referring to transgender athletes.

“These kids are, they’re just trying to stay alive,” he continued.

“There’s a reason none of them are playing sports and I just think there’s a better way. And I hope that there will be enough grace in our state to find a better solution,” he added.