President Joe Biden on Monday once again waded into the ever-contentious transgender issue, calling restrictions surrounding children who identify as trans "cruel" and "close to sinful."
"Now, transgender kids is a really harder thing. What's going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, close to sinful," Biden told "The Daily Show," referring to the Sunshine State's restrictions on transgender interventions for kids. "It's just terrible what they're doing."
The president continued, "It's not like a kid wakes up one morning and says, you know, 'I want to become a man, or I want to become a woman.'"
Biden, who didn't get specific on which policies he was referencing, pondered what people are thinking on the issue and said he believes there needs to be federal legislation to protect transgender children.
"It just, to me, is, I don't know, it's cruel," he said. "We make sure we pass legislation like we passed on same-sex marriage. You mess with that, you're breaking the law and you're going to be held accountable."
Biden's comments come as conservative and Republican-led states continue to place restrictions on gender-related medical interventions for kids.
As CBN News reported in November, the Florida Board of Medicine and the state Board of Osteopathic Medicine approved a ban on puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries.
"I appreciate the integrity of the Boards for ruling in the best interests of children in Florida despite facing tremendous pressure to permit these unproven and risky treatments," Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Florida's surgeon general, said after the decision.
Biden's comments intensify the percolating battle between the White House and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who has been targeting "woke" policies in schools and culture and who is believed to be a potential 2024 presidential challenger.
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