As of midday today, my state is no longer the only one in New England without “gender identity” language in the state’s anti-discrimination law. That’s what’s in the area’s headlines tonight and it’s what will lead the area’s news stories tomorrow.
What you probably won’t hear is that my state representatives voted on two other gender-policy bills as well. One would have prohibited taxpayer funding of so-called gender reassignment procedures. The other would have prohibited gender reassignment for minors.
Both those bills were killed. The choice to reject those bills is at least as significant as the choice to pass the “gender identity” measure.
The taxpayer funding measure was drafted after the state’s department of health and human services decided last year, without benefit of having a public hearing first, to cover gender reassignment under Medicaid. Then and now, advocates of taxpayer funding said that gender reassignment is a non-elective procedure, and that religious objections to paying for it are just excuses for bigotry.
Say the word “bigot” often enough and it sticks.
The bill to prevent minors from having healthy body parts amputated in the name of gender reassignment was defeated in a state that has a law against minors using tanning beds. Come to think of it, the same state also has laws restricting purchase and consumption of alcohol and tobacco by minors.
But puberty-blockers, cross-sex hormones, and removal of healthy body parts? Go for it.
Somehow, I don’t think today’s votes settled the issue.
Ellen Kolb is a writer living in New Hampshire. Read more by her at ellenkolb.com.
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