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The Dilemma of Gov. Kristi Noem

On Monday, South Dakota lawmakers rejected the veto by Gov. Kristi Noem over the transgender sports bill. Noem had vetoed the Bill claiming that including college sports in the bill would be detrimental to the state. She argued that the NCAA could exempt their teams from competing and pull all competition from the state.

State lawmakers disagreed with her assessment. They argued that her veto over style and form was most likely unconstitutional. The vote on the veto was 2-67 to reject it.

Now, Noem is facing a decision. Does she sign the bill as it currently stands or does she completely cave and reject it? Based on her hesitancy to sign it previously, there is no indication she will change her mind now.

She had argued previously that she could not wait to sign the bill. She went around the conservative speaking circuit touting the bill and how it was going to address this issue for South Dakota. Then, when the time comes to sign the bill, she failed to do so.

Other states have had no issues in signing similar bills, as was covered previously. Noem could have taken similar action, but she hesitated on the grounds of the NCAA. The same organization that has played politics with conservatives for years.

Just a few years ago, the NCAA pulled all activities from the state of North Carolina after the passage of HB2, or the “bathroom bill” as it was dubbed. The measure gave protection for North Carolinians to use the bathroom of the gender of their birth. The NCAA proceeded to pull all tournament games from North Carolina.

Even after the bill was modified from the pressure, the NCAA still said it “reluctantly” returned to North Carolina. When you consider this, there really is no winning position when you take on the NCAA.

Gov. Noem has the opportunity to do take a stand for women everywhere and sign this bill into law. It’s a unique position to tell girls all across the state that they do not need to cave to the radical ideas promoted by the Left. She can tell them all that she values their safety and future more than she values her own political career.

But does she really value them above her own political career? It’s no secret that Noem has national political aspirations. Will she put their best interests above her own aspirations?

The South Dakota state legislature has given Noem something that life does not always provide: a second chance. She had the opportunity to sign this bill weeks ago, but failed to do so. I hope she does the right thing this time.

Content syndicated from TheLibertyLoft.com with permission.

Jared Dyson

Jared Dyson is the Editor-in-Chief at The Liberty Loft and host of The Jared Dyson Show on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Pandora, or iHeart Radio. 

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2 Comments

  1. Now if we can only get lawmakers to do what’s right simply because it’s the right thing to do. No delays and no lengthy emails justifying the decision that should have been made in the first place. But way to go.

  2. TODAY’S EMAIL FROM MY GOVERNOR:

    I wanted to let you know that I just signed two executive orders to protect fairness in girls’ sports here in South Dakota.

    One covers K-12, and the other covers college athletics.

    In short, they say that only females, based upon their biological sex, can or will be allowed to participate in any girls’ or women’s athletics.

    I signed these orders because when the legislature refused to make my changes and fix the drafting errors with the bill they sent me, I did not want to sit idly by. I took action so we can move the ball forward, and until a special session returns to fix this and other issues, my orders will stand.

    I know that digging in on this topic is going to invite a reaction from all the typical quarters. As a matter of fact, I’ve been sued by the ACLU in the past, and I am told they may come at us again. We’re not afraid…I am ready to fight.

    There is a real argument in this country between people on our side who accept and appreciate the differences between men and women, and those who believe biological sex is just some made-up construct.

    I will continue to stand strong on this issue until it gets done. I believe that only girls should play girls’ sports, and that’s why I’ve been leading on this issue for years.

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