For Immediate Release
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
Stitt Fails to Take the High Road in Signing Transgender Women Sports Bill
OKLAHOMA CITY—MARCH 30, 2022 – Stitt missed an opportunity to be more inclusive and compassionate on the issues transgender women face. The signing of SB2 deemed the “Save Women’s Sports Act” fails to protect anyone. Instead, anti-LGBTQ+ bills like SB2 trigger a mental health crisis that negatively impacts transgender people considering suicide. This law is discriminatory and will most likely be challenged in the courts, continuing Stitt’s appetite for wasting taxpayers’ money.
“Stitt hungers for only one thing — the spotlight. He believes that signing this bill into law makes him out to be a hero to his misinformed and misguided base,” stated Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “The LGBTQ+ community is being used once again as political pawns for political points. What a better time for Stitt to sign this hateful bill than during an election year where he thinks he’s making up for not protecting Oklahomans after three years of failed leadership. He only thinks of himself when governing, not the destructive nature of his dangerous actions,” said Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.
“Senate Bill 2’s signing into law directly impacts keeping transgender women out of playing sports, an activity that promotes inclusivity, team building, and leadership skills. Every single youth should have these same opportunities and never be excluded from participating. Winning should never be the single goal in sports, and we are teaching women that the only reason they should participate in sports is to win, versus building important life skills,” continued Andrews.
“Stitt failed to take the high road like Utah, Kansas, Louisiana, and North Dakota governors when they vetoed similar bills. Stitt ignores that 67% of Americans, including 66% of Republicans, oppose anti-transgender sports ban legislation. It’s obvious that with this kind of data, where Stitt’s true interest holds – his own ego. Stitt has repeatedly demonstrated that he’s not interested in protecting the people. Oklahomans end up paying the ultimate price more than one way with his failed leadership,” Andrews concluded.
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