Judge: Transgender inmates have right to therapy

April 1, 2010 3:37:17 PM PDT
A federal judge has struck down a Wisconsin law that prohibits transgender inmates from receiving taxpayer-funded hormone therapy. A group of male inmates who identify as female had challenged the 2006 law. They say they need the therapy to treat their gender identity disorder.

U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert issued the order Wednesday. He ruled the law was unconstitutional and cannot be enforced.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and gay-rights group Lambda Legal say the law was the only one of its kind in the nation that denied such medical care to transgender inmates.

A spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the state is considering an appeal.


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