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U.S. Sixth Circuit decision on gender-affirming care law may not be final word

At this March 31 rally in downtown Lexington, transgender youths and others protested Senate Bill 150, which, among other things, banned gender-affirming care for minors, despite parental permission needed for such care in the first place.
John McGary
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At this March 31 rally in downtown Lexington, transgender youths and others protested Senate Bill 150, which, among other things, banned gender-affirming care for minors, despite parental permission needed for such care in the first place.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky isn’t giving up on the fight against a state law that prohibits gender-affirming medical care for minors. The group lost a battle last week when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected attempts to block Senate Bill 150 from taking effect. Taylor Killough is the ACLU’s communications manager.

“This decision was an important one, it was one that we were hoping for a different outcome. But after this, you know, we're reviewing the opinion from the Sixth Circuit.”

Last week, the Sixth Circuit ended a temporary injunction, which had put a pause on the ban. Killough said they believe that portion of the law, which prohibits gender-affirming care despite parental permission, is unconstitutional.

“That care should be guaranteed to transgender youth under the aspects of the Constitution that guarantee the right to bodily autonomy and to privacy.”

Asked whether the ACLU might eventually ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, Killough said it’s too early to know. I’m John McGary.

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John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
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