Federal Judge Stops Transgender Mandate

On the final day of 2016, a federal judge in Texas stopped an Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights at the expense of physicians, who, starting Jan. 1, could have been required to assist with “gender transition” even if it violated their beliefs or medical judgment.

It also would have made taxpayers fund so-called gender reassignment surgeries and abortions.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor signed a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the changes one day before they would have taken effect. Liberal civil rights activists had considered the rules anti-discriminatory.

However, O’Connor wrote: “Plaintiffs will be forced to either violate their religious beliefs or maintain their current policies which seem to be in direct conflict with the rule and risk the severe consequences of enforcement.”

Franklin Graham praised O’Connor’s ruling and the efforts of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to halt rules Franklin labeled “ridiculous.”

“Believe it or not,” Franklin said in a Facebook post, “this new rule … defined ‘sex’ to include a state of mind, not a biological fact. Wow. It said sex means one’s ‘internal sense of gender which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female.’ Come on.”

Franklin also called for prayers for the new administration of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, that they would be able to “fix a broken healthcare system so that it will work for Americans.”