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IPFS News Link • Montana

Montana Republicans bar transgender lawmaker from House floor

• by María Paúl

The chamber voted 68-32 to bar state Rep. Zooey Zephyr (D) from being present on the House floor or in the anteroom or gallery — a move that comes after Zephyr's silencing led to heated protests at the Capitol on Monday. Zephyr will still be allowed to vote but only remotely, meaning she cannot debate on the House floor for the rest of the legislative session, which ends next month.

Since Zephyr said last week that those who support banning gender-affirming care for transgender children would have "blood on your hands," Republican leaders have declined to recognize her on the floor and her microphone has been disabled when lawmakers have debated. In response, Zephyr and her supporters held a rally Monday that resulted in seven arrests and upended proceedings at the Capitol as people jammed inside the chamber and kept chanting, "Let her speak!"