The Family Foundation Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Agreeing to Hear Challenge to Laws Banning Child Gender Mutilation

LEXINGTON, KY – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States v Skrmetti, which is a challenge to Tennessee’s law that prohibits children from receiving life-altering gender “transition” interventions that physically mutilate and disorder their healthy bodies. The Supreme Court’s decision to review the law follows the Sixth Circuit ruling in favor of Tennessee’s and Kentucky’s laws prohibiting such procedures. The Supreme Court now has the opportunity to definitively rule that these essential protections for children, rightly passed by state legislators in at least 23 states, are consistent with the U.S. Constitution.

Statement from David Walls, Executive Director of The Family Foundation:

“We are encouraged that the Supreme Court has decided to hear this important case, and we urge the High Court to uphold these commonsense laws protecting children from harmful ‘gender transitions.’ The Sixth Circuit was right to uphold Tennessee’s and Kentucky’s laws that protect children from these irreversible medical experiments that leave children physically and chemically mutilated.

“Up to this point in history, the truth that the human person is objectively and profoundly male or female has been the cornerstone and celebrated feature of civilization. We pray that the Court’s decision will recognize the harms perpetrated upon children in the name of “gender-affirming” care, and that they would rightly allow for Kentucky, Tennessee, and other states to protect our most vulnerable fellow image-bearers from lifelong damage,” Walls concluded.

The Family Foundation played an integral role in the passage of Kentucky’s Senate Bill 150 and in supporting its commonsense protections for children, along with hosting a press conference and rally supporting the General Assembly’s override of Gov. Beshear’s veto of the bill. The Foundation also filed a “friend of the court” legal brief at the Sixth Circuit, along with 30 family policy organizations, urging the Court to uphold the laws passed in Kentucky and Tennessee.

SB 150 continues to remain in effect, a shield against a real and immediate harm threatening Kentucky’s children, who deserve to be loved, treated with dignity, and accepted for who they really are.


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