WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2016—Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota has vetoed a bill, House Bill 1008, that would have restricted transgender and gender non-conforming students’ access to school restrooms and locker rooms. In response, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund has issued the following statement:

“We would like to thank Governor Daugaard for vetoing this bill, which if made law would have been a direct attack on transgender and gender non-conforming children and young people at school. It’s good to see decency and dignity prevail over appalling discrimination targeting some of the most vulnerable in an environment where they should be protected. We also want to thank all the advocates, groups, businesses, parents and allies that worked so hard to achieve this victory,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.