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Veto of Anti-Trans Bill Supports Children, Families

December 29, 2023
Richard D. Brown News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today called Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to veto the discriminatory House Bill (HB) 68 a much-needed sign of support for Ohio’s LGBTQ+ children and the community overall, as well as parental rights.

“I applaud the Governor’s decision to veto House Bill 68,” said Rep. Brown. “Medical decisions should be determined by a patient and their doctors, not the government. This veto will allow Ohio to continue to be a safe place for transgender youth and their families to receive lifesaving, gender-affirming care and counseling.”   

House Democrats called on Gov. DeWine to veto the legislation saying, “Hate, as you yourself have said, has no place in this state,” in a Dec. 16 letter to the governor. The draconian HB 68 was a horrible solution to a problem that does not exist. The veto once again proves that all Ohioans have the right to keep their individual medical choices between them and their doctors.