On Friday, Ohio’s Republican governor, Mike DeWine, issued an “emergency” executive order to ban sex-reassignment surgeries for minors just one week after he vetoed a bill that would have banned those same surgeries and addressed related issues.
The General Assembly is expected to begin the process of overriding his veto Wednesday.
Why did DeWine sign the order so quickly after vetoing the bill?
The governor did admit in his veto message that he agreed with outlawing sex-reassignment surgeries for minors, as the bill would, but he said he disagreed with other provisions, and he insisted that executive orders and regulations would be more likely to survive legal challenges. He directed his administration to draft regulations.
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