Federal Judge Lets Oklahoma Ban on Gender Care Stay

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Opponents to what many consider to be nothing more than the government-endorsed corruption of minors were given fresh encouragement following the latest ruling by a federal judge in the State of Oklahoma, who decided that the state’s felony ban on so-called gender-affirming treatment for children was indeed legal.

John Heil III, the U.S. District Judge in the case, made his October 5th decision following a lengthy back and forth between the state’s governor, attorney general, and a number of families represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. In May, Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed off on a legislator-approved bill that banned what the law deemed as “gender-affirming care” for anyone who was not 18 years of age or older.

Stitt’s codification was paused only days later by the state’s Republican Attorney General Gentner Drummond, who was forced to contend with a follow-up lawsuit from five children and their parents who said the ban violated their right to equal protection. The ACLU provided the families with counsel.

Their suit failed to yield a favorable result and Judge Heil ruled that the plaintiffs had failed to show their “likelihood of success” when it came to the merits of the families’ “constitutional claims.” As such, Heil wrote, “Their request for an injunction must be denied.”

Following the judge’s decision, Oklahoma returned to being one of only 22 total states that have passed outright bans or partial restrictions on gender-affirming care as it relates to children. When Governor Stitt initially signed the legislation into law in May, he said it would be a mistake to not acknowledge what was playing out “across the nation” in regard to the “life-altering” surgical procedures that were being imposed “on children.”

In contrast to Judge Heil’s ruling, federal judges elsewhere have decided otherwise. State enforcement similar to Oklahoma’s new law has been at least temporarily blocked by decisions in Florida, Indiana, Arkansas, and Alabama.

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