People demonstrate against a directive from the governor of Texas that allows an investigation into parents of transgender children, in front of the state capitol, in Austin, on May 20, 2021. ERIC GAY / AP Texas does not ends up sticking to its reputation as an ultra-conservative state. The state Supreme Court on Friday (May 13) again authorized investigations into the parents of transgender children, overturning a decision of a court which had suspended these prosecutions in March. In 2021, a controversial directive from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott equated certain “gender reassignment” procedures involving minors to criminally reprehensible “abuse.” Seized by a family, an appeal court had put an end to the application of this directive in March. However, the Supreme Court of Texas considers that the appeals court “abused its discretionary power” by issuing a statewide order, according to its decision consulted by Agence France-Presse (AFP). An ambivalent decision On the other hand, the authorities cannot resume the investigation targeting the family who had brought the case to justice, ruled the court, considering that this investigation would cause them “irreparable harm”. “Today’s decision is a victory for our clients and the rule of law,” said human rights organization ACLU, which hailed a “partial” victory in a tweet. Partial because “it is clear that the application of this decision causes suffering for young people and their families”, she added. “These cruel attacks on transgender youth must stop,” the association also demanded. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers The victory of a transgender swimmer creates controversy in the United States The starting point of this directive from Governor Abbott had been widely relayed in the United States. The mother of a transgender teenager had been suspended by her employer, Texas Family Services, and had been visited by a detective who was trying to find out if her 16-year-old daughter “wasn’t to transition from male to female,” according to the complaint filed by the family. The case had taken on a national dimension, to the point that the American president, Joe Biden, had denounced a “cynical and dangerous campaign which targets transgender children and their parents”. The care to be given to transgender minors, just like their participation in sports competitions or the use of the toilets of the sex in which they identify, are the subject of lively debates in the United States where many conservative states have adopted the latter. years of restrictive regulations. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers In the United States, faced with the looming conservative revolution, the Democrats are organizing the resistance Le Monde with AFP
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