Texas court temporarily halts investigation of transgender minor

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A court in Texas ordered the suspension Wednesday of a probe into the parents of a transgender 16-year-old girl under a legal opinion that deemed transitioning procedures as tantamount to child abuse.

Last week, Governor Greg Abbott instructed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate instances of minors receiving “sex change procedures,” which he argued “constitute child abuse under existing Texas law.”

Such care to transgender minors, much like participation by transgender athletes in sports competitions, is the subject of extensive debate in the United States, where many conservative states have moved to adopt restrictive regulations.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Lambda Legal, an LGBTQ rights organization, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the mother. On Wednesday a district court judge in Texas issued a restraining order preventing the state from investigating the parents.

“We appreciate the relief granted to our clients, but this should never have happened and is unfathomably cruel,” said Brian Klosterboer, an attorney with ACLU’s Texas branch, in a statement. 

US President Joe Biden, while not addressing the specific lawsuit, issued a statement Wednesday evening condemning Texas’s Republican governor for a “cynical and dangerous campaign targeting transgender children and their parents.”

“Like so many anti-transgender attacks proliferating in states across the country, the Governor’s actions callously threaten to harm children and their families just to score political points.”

Originally published as Texas court temporarily halts investigation of transgender minor


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