On Friday, the Texas state Supreme Court allowed the state child welfare agency to continue investigations of “‘sex change’ procedures” that may “constitute child abuse under existing Texas law,” according to the Office of the Attorney General, as noted by Republican Governor Greg Abbott in February.
A lower court issued an injunction in March, banning state authorities from going forward with Abbott’s directive that told the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate such situations.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Texas, and Lambda Legal had filed a lawsuit over the governor’s direction to investigate “‘sex change’ procedures” on children.
Travis County District Judge Amy Clark Meachum then blocked an investigation by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services of the parents of a 16-year-old who claimed to be transgender and brought the lawsuit.
Meachum later temporarily halted investigations from the direction of the governor throughout the state. A Texas appeals court later upheld the ruling, per NPR.
The Friday decision gets rid of Judge Meachum’s statewide directive, but it allows the injunction against investigating the specific family to remain. The state supreme court said the appeals court had gone above its power by putting forward a statewide directive… (Read more)