FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – Protestors and supporters gathered at the Capitol building in Frankfort Wednesday as the General Assembly overturned a veto on a bill, SB 150, to ban gender-affirming care for minors.
Protests reached a fever pitch when state police began removing protestors from the gallery, as the veto override was being concurred by the Kentucky House. Bystanders witnessed protestors being placed in plastic handcuffs and being read their rights. Kentucky State Police confirmed 19 people were arrested and cited for criminal trespassing.
“The Sergeant of Arms requested that KSP assist in restoring order today in the House gallery chambers. KSP gave each individual the option to leave without any enforcement action or be placed under arrest. KSP arrested 19 individuals. They have been cited for criminal trespassing 3rd degree. The Franklin County District Court authorized that the individuals could be released on their own recognizance,” said Cpt. Paul Blanton, KSP Spokesperson.
An opponent of SB 150 said they are proud of those who held firm in the protest and ultimately got arrested.
“Honestly, I couldn’t be prouder. Nobody likes for us to be arrested, but unfortunately, that’s the position the General Assembly has put regular, working-class Kentuckians who are fed up with this agenda of frankly killing trans-gender children,” said Erika Sommer.
ACLU’s executive director said this is the first time they have seen anyone get arrested at the capitol.
“I’ve worked at the ACLU for ten years and have been at the capitol. I’ve never witnessed anyone getting arrested. There have been outbursts before and asked to leave, but I’ve not ever seen people taken out the gallery in handcuffs,” Amber Duke, executive director of ACLU of Kentucky.
Supporters of the bill are still standing firm that the decision to overturn the bill is in the best interest of the children of Kentucky.
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“When you introduce drugs into a child’s body, to fight the 30 to 40 trillion cells that are telling them one thing and those drugs are fighting them every day, and you’re signing them up for a lifetime of drug use, eventually those drugs have side effects,” Sen. Gex Williams, Verona.
“(Parents) have a right to know what’s going on with their children, what they’re taught. The guidelines coming down from the state was that they don’t have to tell parents their children identify as this, you don’t have a responsibility to inform the parent, and that’s wrong,” Bobby Montgomery, bill supporter.
Sen. Karen Berg was among those who fought the bill hardest after losing her transgender son to suicide before Christmas. In addition to state medical organizations – the ACLU is expected to take the new law to court.