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Judge deems Louisiana LGBT order unconstitutional

Homosexuality | Court says Gov. John Bel Edwards overstepped his power
by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/16/16, 01:49 pm

A Louisiana judge ruled Wednesday that Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, exceeded his authority by issuing an LGBT workplace executive order.

Edwards said the order, issued in April, would protect state employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. But Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry challenged him, claiming the order went too far by demanding organizations compromise their beliefs on marriage and sexuality as a condition of winning  government contracts.

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VA backpedals on gender reassignment surgery

Transgenderism | Agency announces it doesn’t have the money to pay for the procedure
by Gaye Clark
Posted 11/30/16, 12:59 pm

Citing a lack of funding, the Department of Veterans Affairs has backpedaled on a proposed rule change that would have covered sex-change surgeries for transgender veterans. But the agency pledged in a statement to “continue to explore regulatory change in the medical benefits package when appropriate funding is available.”

Transgender advocates vowed not to abandon efforts to get the expensive surgeries covered.

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Mom sues to regain parental rights over transgender teen

Parental Rights | The suit claims her son received treatment without her consent
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 11/16/16, 07:28 pm

A Minnesota mother has filed a lawsuit in federal court to re-establish her parental rights after a legal aid attorney declared her minor son emancipated from his parents last year. The suit contends the emancipation letter allowed her then-16-year-old son to receive public assistance, which he used to begin hormone treatments for gender-transition therapy.

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