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The meeting with two trans women that might have helped convince the Arkansas governor to oppose the anti-trans bill

Added 04-06-21 07:14:01pm EST - “Before he tried to stop Arkansas' anti-trans bill, Governor Asa Hutchinson sat down with the state's only openly trans elected official, she said.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The meeting with two trans women that might have helped convince the Arkansas governor to oppose the anti-trans bill”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Shortly before Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed a bill that would make Arkansas the first state to block transition-related care for trans youth, he sat down with two trans women to better understand its impact. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the state legislature voted to override Hutchinson's veto, paving the way for it to take effect if the law survives legal challenges. Still, the governor's veto a day earlier came as a surprise to many LGBTQ advocates around the country, as Hutchinson had already signed two other anti-trans bills, one banning trans girls from girl's scholastic sports, and the other a sweeping religious exemption for health care providers who can now turn away LGBTQ patients for non-emergencies.

An account of the meeting between the Republican governor, the state's only openly trans elected official, and an 18-year-old trans women may shed some light on Hutchinson's surprising opposition to the bill. 

The meeting, on March 30, was expected to last 30 minutes, according to Evelyn Rios Stafford, a Justice of the Peace in Fayetteville, who is openly trans. 

"He had a lot of questions," Rios Stafford told Insider. "I could tell that this was not an issue that he was super familiar with at all."

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