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.
At his monthly news conference, @GovCox said the way a current bill on banning transgender girls from high school sports stands, he wouldn't sign it if it was placed on his desk. He says the bill's complicated, and both sides of the issue are right. https://t.co/KJ4fDxYR2c #utpol pic.twitter.com/7xi1cN63Ck
— PBS Utah (@pbsutah) February 18, 2021