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Texas Courts Are at War Over the “Trans Welfare State”

A Texas judge on Friday expanded her existing order protecting the families of transgender youth who have undergone gender-affirming medical care from child abuse investigations, but a subsequent appeal from the state means the inquiries can continue.

Travis County District Court Judge Amy Clark Meachum in a new filing issued a temporary injunction blocking the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and its Commissioner Jamie Masters from investigating members of the group Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. (PFLAG).

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton immediately appealed Meachum’s move, meaning the investigations can continue, according to The Washington Post.

Meachum argued in her filing that the PFLAG plaintiffs “will suffer probable, imminent, and irreparable injury” unless the DFPS and Masters are blocked from enforcing a new rule “expanding the definition of ‘child abuse’ to presumptively treat the provision of gender-affirming medical care, including puberty blockers and hormone therapy, as necessitating an investigation.” Read more…

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