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An anti-LGBT group has launched a petition urging legislators to repeal a transgender-inclusive high school athletics policy adopted by the Minnesota State High School League in December.

The Minnesota Child Protection League, a group of conservative Christians who are opposed to LGBT rights, launched a petition last week that reads:

PETITION IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION REQUIRING SEPARATE BOYS’ & GIRLS’ BATHROOMS & LOCKER ROOMS IN SCHOOLS
We the undersigned urge the legislature to require that schools maintain biological girl-only and biological male-only bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing room facilities for the safety and welfare of all.

The group organized opposition to the policy at an October hearing, forcing the MSHSL to delay the vote until December. MNCPL then took out a full-page ad in Minnesota newspapers that critics said painted transgender students as predators. The group is using that same ad in its marketing for the petition.

As of Tuesday (Feb. 24) no legislation has been offered to repeal the transgender-inclusive high school athletics policy which allows transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender. A similar legislative battle is taking place in South Dakota where a bill to repeal that state’s inclusive policy has passed the state house.

Several conservative Christian Republican lawmakers have targeted the policy after it passed including Sen. Paul Gazelka, Sen. Warren Limmer, and Rep. Peggy Scott.

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