Little Rock, AR— Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arksansas vetoed HB1570 today, a bill which would ban medical practitioners from providing gender-affirming services to transgender youth. The bill is broadly opposed by LGBTQIA+ activists, medical associations, and many others. Now the bill returns to the legislator where they could decide to override the veto.

Unlike many other states, and Congress, Arkansas’ state legislature has a simple-majority veto override. HB1570 originally passed the state house with a 70-22 vote, and the state senate with a 28-7 vote, even exceeding the two-thirds veto override set by most state legislatures. LGBTQIA+ leaders and activists are calling on everyone to continue contacting the Arkansas state legislature to advocate against a veto override of HB1570.