On Tuesday, a federal court granted a preliminary injunction that permits three transgender youths to obtain puberty blockers, despite the rules set by the Florida Boards of Medicine and the enactment of a new law, SB 254, which prohibits gender-affirming care for individuals under 18 who identify as transgender.
“Gender identity is real,” writes U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in his ruling. “… I find that the plaintiffs’ motivation is love for their children and the desire to achieve the best possible treatment for them. This is not the State’s motivation.”
As part of an ongoing lawsuit initiated by seven parents in Florida who have transgender children, a recent ruling was made stating that the state’s ban on treatment involving puberty blockers, testosterone, and estrogen violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Three out of the seven parents involved in the case successfully obtained a preliminary injunction. Judge Hinkle, in his ruling, expressed the belief that these parents are likely to prevail in their argument that both SB 254 and the rules established by the Boards of Medicine, which prohibit the aforementioned treatments for transgender youth, are unconstitutional.
“The plaintiffs are likely to prevail on their claim that the prohibition is unconstitutional,” wrote Hinkle.