In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Youngkin defended the regulations which are affecting transgender students, emphasizing parent’s rights in making decisions pertaining to their children, The Daily Wire reported.
Youngkin underscored the importance of parents having authority over their child’s upbringing, explaining that the policy empowers them.
“[P]arents have a fundamental right to be engaged in their children’s lives,” Youngkin said. “And, oh, by the way, children have a right to have parents engaged in their life. And we needed to fix a wrong… children don’t belong to the state. They belong to families.”
“And so, in these most important decisions, step one has to be to engage parents, not to the exclusion of a trusted teacher or an adviser, but to make sure that parents are involved in their children’s lives,” he concluded.
The governor also stated that these policies would make accommodations for students if their parents decide that transitioning is best for their child.
“What we’re not saying is that there is no accommodation,” Youngkin said. “What we’re saying is, parents have to be engaged in that decision. And if a child and their parent, along with administrators and teachers, choose to have accommodations for that child, they will be granted.”
“If parents actually want their child to be able to change a pronoun or their name or use a bathroom, if parents choose that, then, legally, that’s what the schools will do,” he added.
Youngkin also stressed that the policy would keep biological males out of girls’ sports, stating that it is unfair for women and men to compete against one another.
“This is not controversial.”
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