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Are the Courts the Way to Queer Rights?


Image: Ted Eytan Decades of legal gains for LGBTQ people are on the brink of being reversed. Texas governor Greg Abbott recently issued an executive order declaring that gender-affirming care for minors constitutes child abuse and directed social service agencies to commence investigations. After several investigations had started, a Texas state court issued an injunction temporarily halting those inquiries, but the future remains uncertain. Arizona just passed a similar law banning gender-affirming care for children. Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Florida enacted what opponents call a “Don’t Say Gay” bill banning the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K–3. Taking a page from Texas’s recent anti-abortion law, the law also affords parents greater opportunity to take legal action against school districts that they think violated the law.

That’s just the start of it. The Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade when it hands down its forthcoming decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization . Ominously, Texas Right to Life advised in its Dobbs amicus brief that the Court should not “hesitate to write an opinion that leaves” decisions such as 2003’s Lawrence v. Texas (which overturned bans on consensual sexual relations between same-sex adults in […]

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