This is an important step in battling the wave of anti-LGBTQ, especially anti-trans, legislation across the country.
The agency asked a federal court to issue an order stopping the law from taking effect.
TheJustice Departmentfiled a lawsuit Friday challenging anew Alabama lawthat criminalizes certain medical care for transgender children, marking the first time the agency has sued a state over restrictions on gender-affirming care.
Thecomplaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Alabama, asks the court to block the law from taking effect, arguing it violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause”by discriminating on the basis of sex and transgender status.”
The Alabama law “would force parents of transgender minors, medical professionals, and others to choose between forgoing medically necessary procedures and treatments, or facing criminal prosecution,” the Justice Department said in a news release.