OKLAHOMA CITY – After the Oklahoma Legislature filed two pieces of anti-transgender legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma issued the following statement:

Please attribute to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director:

"The legislature’s attacks on Oklahoma’s transgender youth are disappointing and unconscionable. This hateful assault on some of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable residents is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to divert attention away from Oklahoma’s budget crisis. This proposed law does nothing to protect religious liberty, but rather attempts to use religion as a weapon to discriminate. We urge lawmakers to abandon this harmful legislation and spend their time and resources addressing the true financial crisis facing Oklahoma rather than continuing to demonize our youth."