Anti-LGBTQ Bills Pass and Stall in Georgia Senate
17.03.2023 - 22:27
In the Georgia Senate, one anti-LGBTQ bill was passed while another stalled.
On March 6, SB 140 passed the Georgia Senate by a vote of 33 to 22, with all Republicans backing the measure. The bill bars some kinds of gender-affirming care for minors, including most gender-affirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapies. However, it still allows doctors to prescribe puberty blockers.
The bill advances to the House for more debate.
“We are saddened by the Senate passage of SB 140 tonight,” Jeff Graham, the executive director of Georgia Equality, said in a statement. “Parents, working with their medical teams and adhering to standards of care, should be able to make decisions regarding their child’s healthcare. This bill sets a dangerous precedent when legislators second guess those standards of care. And it is nothing short of extremist government overreach.”
“I am grateful for all of the parents, medical providers, and supporters of transgender youth who showed up at the Capitol today, and for the thousands of Georgians from throughout the state who took action over the last two weeks to urge their Senators to oppose this bill,” he continued. “Your efforts did make a difference by delaying the vote as long as it did. In the coming days we will assess our next steps as the bill now heads to the House of Representatives.”
SB 88, a bill similar to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, stalled in the Georgia Senate, lowering the odds that it will become law.
SB 88, the “Parents and Children Protection Act of 2023,” failed to cross over from one house to the other on Crossover Day after the Senate Education and Youth Committee voted to table the measure.
The original bill would’ve aimed to regulate classroom discussions about