A Minnesota mother is waiting to see if a federal judge will respect her constitutional right to act like a responsible parent.
Thomas More Society filed suit in federal court on November 16 on behalf of Anmarie Calgaro, arguing their client's parental rights were usurped. Calgaro is the mother of a boy who decided he wants to live as a girl, which is when county, school and health officials declared the boy emancipated from Calgaro and began transgender services on the boy, including narcotic drugs, without parental notification or consent.
Thomas More attorney Erick Kaardal is representing the mother, and he says the case shows that the government has lost sight of priorities.
"It's an indication that people have lost control of their counties, their school districts, and their medical service providers – because people know that parents are important in the lives of teenagers in their major educational, healthcare and other decisions," he tells OneNewsNow. "But our government doesn't know that, and these institutions don't know that."
During the trial on January 26, federal Judge Paul Magnuson was prepared with very pointed questions about parental rights.
"But when we answered those questions, we were doing it in an integrated, holistic way honoring the U.S. Constitution as a text that deserves to be followed," Kaardal explains.
"The defendants could care less about the U.S. Constitution and how it applies to their conduct, because they are really inattentive to the importance of parents to their children."
Kaardal says it's an extremely important case because if parental rights are to be terminated, parents ought to have full knowledge ahead of time and the right to appeal. A decision should come in one to two months.