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  • Bill defining 'sex' as binary becomes law

    Mara Silvers, Montana Free Press|Updated May 30, 2023

    Gov. Greg Gianforte's office announced Saturday that the Republican governor has signed into law Senate Bill 458, legislation that inserts binary, reproduction-based definitions of "male," "female" and "sex" into dozens of parts of state code. The final version of the policy - the subject of heated partisan debatethroughout the legislative session and a lobbying effort by one of Gianforte's children - distinguishes males and females by the presence of XY or XX chromosomes and...