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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that was among the first contacted by child welfare officials following an order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

The court did not rule on the merits of the investigations — which were the first of its kind in the U.S. — only that lower courts in Texas overstepped by trying to block all cases from going forward.

The article goes on to state the following:

The mixed ruling by Texas’ highest civil court, which is entirely controlled by nine elected Republican justices, comes at a moment when GOP lawmakers across the U.S. are accelerating efforts to impose restrictions on transgender rights.

The ruling reads, “The Governor and the Attorney General were certainly well within their rights to state their legal and policy views on this topic, but the Department of Family and Protective Services was not compelled by law to follow them. DFPS’s press statement, however, suggests that DFPS may have considered itself bound by either the Governor’s letter, the Attorney General’s Opinion, or both. Again, nothing before this Court supports the notion that DFPS is so bound.”

Election Wizard tweeted Friday, “BREAKING: Texas Supreme Court STRIKES DOWN a statewide injunction barring child abuse investigations for families that provide “gender-affirming care,” but AFFIRMS the injunction as it pertains only to the one family that sued.”

Slate writer Mark Joseph Stern wrote, “The Texas Supreme Court’s split decision today (1) lifts the statewide injunction prohibiting Texas officials from investigating or punishing any parents who provide gender-affirming care to their children, but (2) upholds the injunction as it applies to the named plaintiffs. In other words, the plaintiffs in this case—parents of a transgender child plus a doctor who provides health care to transgender minors—remain protected. But the statewide bar against investigations into families and doctors in the same situation is now gone.”

“Majority opinion: Partial dissent: Concurrence: This is partly a civil procedure case about whether Texas law allows courts of appeals to issue statewide injunctions that apply to nonparties. (Answer: no.) This is a good point. The majority, concurrence, and partial dissent all agree that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is not required to follow Abbott’s orders and investigate families providing trans-affirming care to their children.”

Editor with Deputy Affairs, Chris Geidner tweeted, “Breaking: The Texas Supreme Court rules unanimously that Gov. Abbott’s letter and AG Paxton’s opinion calling gender-affirming care of minors abuse are NOT binding on the state’s Dept of Family & Protective Services. The Texas Supreme Court also ruled that the court of appeals went too far in issuing a statewide injunction, concluding it lacked the authority to do so in a case like this. That decision also was unanimous.”

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