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A federal judge in Texas granted a temporary restraining order against federal health officials who may seek to enforce rules that ban discrimination by physicians and hospitals against transgender patients. The judge says he based his decisions on the grounds that compelling doctors to support patients who have either completed or are currently transitioning could equate to forcing doctors to violate their own religious beliefs. Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Wisconsin joined Texas in the suit, as did the Christian Medical and Dental Association and the Franciscan Alliance, an Indiana network of religious hospitals.

Federal Judge Says Transgender Health Rule May Violate Physicians’ Rights