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TX Supreme Court rules governor can’t order parents of trans kids be investigated for child abuse


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott surrounded himself with fast food sandwiches to sign the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law. LGBTQ advocates are celebrating as the Texas Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) do not have the authority to force the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate the supportive parents of transgender children.

“Today’s decision is a win for our clients and the rule of law,” the ACLU, ACLU of Texas, and Lambda Legal said in a joint statement. “The Texas Supreme Court made clear that the attorney general and governor do not have the authority to order DFPS to take any action against families that support their children by providing them with the highest standards of medical care.”

This past February , Paxton issued a non-binding opinion that parents who allow their trans kids access to gender-affirming care are violating the children’s constitutional rights. Abbott cited that opinion when he ordered DFPS to investigate the parents of transgender kids for child abuse if they let their kids have access to puberty blockers or hormones.

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