U.S. appeals court upholds transgender ruling

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August 5, 2011

"Wisconsin's attempt to ban hormone therapy for transgender prison inmates is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

"The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Chief U.S. District Judge Charles N. Clevert Jr.'s decision last year striking down the state's 2005 Sex Change Prevention Act after a nonjury trial.

"...Dru Levasseur, with Lambda Legal in New York, said that Wisconsin was the only state to ban hormone therapy for inmates, and that the law showed 'a history of animus to a tiny, marginalized population of people.' He did believe other states were waiting to adopt similar laws if Wisconsin's had been upheld."

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