Montana Governor, [Greg Gianforte] Whose Child Is Nonbinary, Signs Law Defining 'Sex' as Only Male or Female
My Note: This Fathers Day post goes along with my Mother's Day post "The Worst Mother of The Year Award - Goes to...". Putting politics above family and demeaning your child is just wrong on so many levels.
|Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte|
Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed into law a bill that defines "sex" as a binary in Montana law, weeks after his child, who identifies as nonbinary, urged him not to.
Over the weekend, the Montana governor signed the controversial anti-LGBTQ+ measure — known as Senate Bill 458 — which will define the word “sex” in state law as only male or female. The law is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.
In a statement, the governor’s press secretary, Kaitlin Price, said the law "codifies the long-recognized, commonsense, immutable, biologically-based definition of sex, male and female, while protecting people born intersex and not infringing on transgender individuals’ ability to identify with whatever gender, but not sex, they wish."
But opponents argue that it effectively erases those who are transgender, nonbinary, Two-Spirit or intersex from state law. In an April House floor debate on the measure, state Rep. SJ Howell, who is transgender and nonbinary, argued that many Montanans don't consider themselves "male" or "female."
“The reality is that there are people who are out living their lives, Montanans, our friends and community members, who who do not fit into these definitions just because of their medical and biological reality,” Howell said, per Montana's KTVQ.
Howell continued: "Imagine my dismay at discovering that a state like Montana, my state, my home, says the government knows better. There’s two boxes, you got to choose, end of story.”