Laws passed in Kentucky and Tennessee that ban cosmetic sex change surgeries and puberty-blocking drugs for minors with gender dysphoria have been upheld by a federal appeals court panel.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 last Thursday to uphold the two state laws that prohibit sex-change surgeries and hormonal interventions for minors who identify as the opposite sex.

Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, a George W. Bush appointee, authored the majority opinion and was joined by Judge Amul R. Thapar, who Donald Trump appointed.

Sutton wrote that “Kentucky and Tennessee share an interest in regulating the medical treatments offered to children suffering from gender dysphoria,” adding that whenever “the Constitution is neutral about an issue, legislatures have considerable discretion to regulate the matter.” (Excerpt from The Christian Post.)


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