Ron DeSantis Bill Banning Gender-Affirming Medical Care For Trans Youth Temporarily Blocked By Federal Judge
Members of the LGBTQ community in Florida are celebrating a win!
Shortly after governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law preventing trans teens from accessing “gender-affirming” medical care, a federal judge declared the action unconstitutional.
Reportedly, Ron DeSantis signed the legislation into law last month, along with several other bills restricting the rights of LGBTQ community members. Earlier today (June 6th), however, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle reportedly issued a preliminary injunction on the bill, barring it from being enforced for the time being. One report explains a synopsis of the law, writing:
“[It] codifies rules banning medical care for transgender adolescents established by the state’s boards of medicine and osteopathic medicine, including puberty blockers or hormone therapy for transgender youth.”
The battle between DeSantis and the LGBTQ community has been ongoing for some time. As we previously covered, several big-name celebs banned together earlier this year to call out Disney, who brings billions of dollars in business to Florida, to leverage their power and speak out against the bills. Actresses Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union, step mother to trans daughter Zaya Wade, both urged Disney to condemn the Republican law maker’s attack on the community.
While Disney did eventually stand against the “anti-gay” legislation, the injunction is perspectively an even bigger win. The move by Judge Hinkle makes DeSantis unable to enforce the law until the lawsuit, filed by 7 parents of transgender youth, gets its day in court. Hinkle reportedly stated about the piece of legislation:
“Florida has adopted a statute and rules that prohibit these treatments even when medically appropriate,”
“The plaintiffs are likely to prevail on their claim that the prohibition is unconstitutional.”
It is unclear when the case will make it to trial at this time.
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