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Chris Sununu Hints That He’ll Sign New Hampshire Transgender Sports Ban Into Law

May 21, 2024

A bill that would bar males who identify as transgender from competing in girls’ interscholastic sports in grades 5 through 12 has reached New Hampshire Governor Chris Sunni’s desk, and he has hinted he may sign it into law.

The measure, New Hampshire House Bill 1205, passed 13-10 in the New Hampshire Senate and 189-182 in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. All of the Republicans present for the votes supported the bill, while all of the Democrats opposed it. 

Sununu hasn’t explicitly said he backs the bill, but he hinted that it’s something will sign into law.

“It’s a matter of the sport itself, right? What other physical advantages are there … and what other safety issues might there be?” Sununu told In Depth NH. “There are a lot of sports that can be co-ed very easily that have traditionally been done with no problems because there aren’t issues of fairness and safety. Those issues don’t come into play but I believe the legislation, my understanding, talks about where there are those types of concerns. I don’t know the wording exactly but I believe it does take that under consideration which I believe would be the right path.”The bill would take effect 30 days after becoming law. That means that even if Sununu signs the bill this week, it would not stop Kearsarge Regional girls’ outdoor track and field high jumper Maelle Jacques, a male, from potentially winning yet another state championship on Thursday, May 23. Jacques won a state title in the high jump during this past the winter.


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