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Iowa vetoes removing gender identity from civil rights law

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The Capitol is seen as Congress resumes following a long break and the midterm elections, in Washington, early Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Iowa’s lawmakers vetoed a bill that would remove gender identity from the states’ civil rights.

Iowa lawmakers on Wednesday declined to advance a bill that would have stripped gender identity from the state’s civil rights law, a proposal that opponents said could have subjected LGBTQ+ Iowans to discrimination in education, housing and public spaces.

As they discussed the measure, LGBTQ+ advocates outside the room cried out: “Trans rights are human rights.”

Not every state has explicit protections for a person based on their gender identity, but opponents of the bill suggested that removing such already existing protections from a state’s anti-discrimination law would have stood out in an already historic period of anti-trans laws in Republican-led statehouses.

Republican House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl — who is not a member of the subcommittee and didn’t take part in the vote — said that he doesn’t think it would be the “wise choice” to break open established civil rights code “whether you agree with all of it or not.”

Associated Press contributed to this report

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Eloise Pickering is a current freshman and the Worldview editor. She is a mass communication major, and her favorite movie is Spotlight. When not doing homework or working at the Maroon, Eloise can often be found pondering philosophically in Audubon Park. She has often been dubbed “The Thinker.” Eloise can be reached at [email protected].

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