Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin appeared on CNN’s State of the Union this weekend to defend his stance on parental rights in the school system; “Children don’t belong to the state —they belong to families,” Youngkin said.

“Youngkin stood by [Virginia’s] new regulations affecting transgender students, which emphasize parents’ rights in making decisions about their child’s gender identity. Youngkin stressed that parents have authority over their child’s upbringing and said the policy empowers them,” The Daily Wire reports.

“[P]arents have a fundamental right to be engaged in their children’s lives,” Youngkin said. “And, oh, by the way, children have a right to have parents engaged in their life. And we needed to fix a wrong…children don’t belong to the state. They belong to families. And so, in these most important decisions, step one has to be to engage parents, not to the exclusion of a trusted teacher or an adviser, but to make sure that parents are involved in their children’s lives.”

“What we’re not saying is that there is no accommodation,” Youngkin said. “What we’re saying is, parents have to be engaged in that decision. And if a child and their parent, along with administrators and teachers, choose to have accommodations for that child, they will be granted.”

“If parents actually want their child to be able to change a pronoun or their name or use a bathroom, if parents choose that, then, legally, that’s what the schools will do,” he added.

Youngkin did say that the policy would keep biological males out of girls’ sports.

“I do believe that it’s unfair for girls to have biological boys play sports with biological girls. There are sports with segregated — with segregated sexes for those sports. And those — those sports should be honored that way… Again, there’s a commonsense approach here to this. And I do think we have to respect girls as well here.”

Watch the clip above. More over atThe Daily Wire:

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