INDIANAPOLIS—On Tuesday, the Indiana Legislature reconvened to make corrections to 2022 legislation and to shove anti-trans legislation past the finish line and into Indiana Code. State Senate Democrats released the following statement in response:

“Today, most members of the supermajority bent to extreme, right wing factions of their party and voted to codify discrimination against vulnerable Hoosier children. Our caucus, as well as certain Republicans, including Governor Holcomb, understand that this legislation is both cruel and unnecessary–we already have a process to deal with this on the very rare occasion it becomes an issue. This is just one more example of our reactionary supermajority sticking government where it doesn’t belong in order to further their private political agenda.”

“All Hoosier children, including trans kids, deserve our protection, care and love; there shouldn’t be anything political or controversial about that. It’s upsetting to see this body waste time and taxpayer money on bullying minors (and the resulting lawsuits), rather than on any number of policies to really protect women and kids like mental health spending, a state child tax credit or well-funded childcare. It’s short-sighted and a waste of Hoosier tax dollars—we’ll be glad to see this struck down in court.”