Oklahoma Gov. Stitt gets standing ovation calling for bill that ‘bans all gender transition surgeries’

Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is calling on Sooner legislators to put a bill on his desk that “bans all sex reassignment surgery” on minors.

The request from Stitt, who is currently serving his second term as governor, was made during his 2023 state address in Oklahoma City.

“We have to protect the most vulnerable children.

“No minor should be allowed to undergo permanent sex change surgery in Oklahoma,” he continued, to a standing ovation. We are asking Congress to pass legislation to ban surgery and hormone therapy.”

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Gov. Kevin Stitt will deliver his State Address in Oklahoma City on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

As governor, Stitt vowed to “never hesitate to shout out right and wrong” claimed to He “will not be intimidated by partisan interest groups or make decisions based on groupthink.”

Stitt’s comments are consistent with a pledge he made last fall to prevent Oklahoma minors from undergoing “life-changing” gender reassignment surgery in his state.

“We have a duty to protect minors from a lot of things. We can’t let them drink and we can’t let them get tattoos,” Stitt told Fox News last October. Not fully developed.”

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“This is not something we allow minors to do and use taxpayer dollars,” he added at the time.

Governor Kevin Stitt is applauded by members of Congress during his state address in Oklahoma City on Monday, February 6, 2023.

Governor Kevin Stitt is applauded by members of Congress during his state address in Oklahoma City on Monday, February 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Stitt, who has consistently touted the state’s belief in “traditional family values,” told Fox last year that “hormonal therapy or other types of surgeries permanently alter healthy children is not in Oklahoma.” It won’t happen,” he said.

Stitt, the first governor elected in 2018, told state legislators on Monday that he “remains responsible for leading, not following.”

Last April, Stitt made headlines after he signed a bill banning the use of non-binary gender markers on birth certificates.

Oklahoma City's State Capitol was built in 1917.

Oklahoma City’s State Capitol was built in 1917. (Getty Images)


Additionally, a month before 2022, Stitt signed a bill banning transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams.

Other conservative states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas have passed laws banning gender-confirming treatments for minors.

Fox News’ Jon Michael Raasch and Bradford Betz contributed to this article.

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