ACLU Wants Supreme Court To Overturn Tennessee Transgender Law

While leftist LGBT activists and organizations attempt to portray such procedures as “gender-affirming care,” a growing number of Americans are speaking out against doctors who perform irreversible surgeries and therapies on minors who identify as transgender.

Several states, including Tennessee, have passed legislation meant to ban these procedures on children, sparking widespread support and a significant amount of backlash in the process.

Now, multiple legal groups have come together to file a petition calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Tennessee law.

The American Civil Liberties Union and its state chapter signed on to the legal request, as did Lambda Legal and the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. They claim that withholding “medical care,” which many critics describe as child mutilation, is somehow a violation of the constitutional rights of minors.

Of course, a lower appeals court has already tossed out that argument and a strong conservative majority on the nation’s highest court means that this petition will face an uphill battle.

Nevertheless, Lucas Caeron-Vaughn of the ACLU of Tennessee issued a statement calling the state law “vicious” and claiming: “Families are losing access to much-needed medical care that has allowed their children to flourish. This law denies these families’ dignity and signals to their children that they do not have the freedom to lead healthy and happy lives.”

Following the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling earlier this year that rejected the ACLU’s position, conservative commentator Matt Walsh — whose reporting on the topic helped lead to the implementation of the ban in the first place — celebrated the news.

Asserting that LGBT activists sought to “subvert the will of the voters” by taking the matter to court, he added: “But to make this argument, the ACLU had to make a series of arguments that backfired massively, and created precedent that will be devastating for trans activists for years to come. First, the ACLU claimed that the trans community is a ‘politically powerless’ group that’s being unfairly treated. The court pointed out that when every major law firm, the feds, and medical organizations are on your side, you are not marginalized.”

Walsh went on to reference the ACLU’s claim that identifying as transgender is an “immutable” characteristic akin to skin color, explaining that the appeals court “observed that the meaning of ‘transgender’ status is constantly changing.”