Privacy And Rights UPHELD In Transgender Youth Case In Texas

By Javier Sanchez | Monday, 04 March 2024 12:00 PM
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A Texas judge has issued a temporary injunction against State Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, preventing him from mandating that an LGBTQ+ advocacy group disclose information regarding transgender minors undergoing gender transition therapy.

The ruling, handed down on Friday, followed a legal challenge by PFLAG National against Paxton's office, seeking to halt the collection of such data. Travis County District Court Judge Maria Cantú Hexsel emphasized that divulging this information would infringe upon PFLAG's rights to free speech, association, and protection from unwarranted searches, potentially causing harm to the organization and its members.

Judge Hexsel condemned the potential requirement as a "severe intrusion" into privacy, deeming it unacceptable to compel the group to surrender such details to Paxton. A hearing has been set for March 25 to allow Paxton's office an opportunity to contest the ruling.

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Paxton's office had previously demanded "documents and communications" related to a statement made by PFLAG CEO Brian Bond in response to a state prohibition on gender transition therapy for minors. The attorney general's office argued that this information is crucial for investigating potential insurance fraud by medical providers circumventing the ban.

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The American Civil Liberties Union, representing PFLAG, intends to pursue a permanent injunction against Paxton's request, asserting that PFLAG should be able to continue aiding its Texas members with transgender youth without interference. Past legal disputes between PFLAG and Texas, notably regarding gender transition treatment for minors, have underscored the ongoing tensions in this arena.

The Associated Press contributed to this coverage.

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