A mother who insists her son is a transgender girl has lost another battle in court.
The legal fight over 7-year-old James Younger made headlines late last year when father Jeff Younger won the right to made joint medical decisions, and that ruling angered his divorced wife and the child’s mother, Anne Georgulas.
Mary Elizabeth Castle, policy advisor for Texas Values, recalls that the mother appealed the ruling by the family court judge, Kim Cooks, by asking for Cooks to be removed from the case after the judge overruled a jury verdict that favored the mother.
Cooks was, in fact, removed from the case and replaced with Judge Mary Brown.
“They took it to a different judge, and that judge actually upheld the previous judge's ruling,” Castle advises, “that both parents have equal representation when it comes to medical decisions from the children."
The Texan, an Austin-based news website, reports the ruling by Judge Brown ruled this week effectively end months of courtroom battles between the mother and farther over how to raise their son.
When the custody fight went public last year, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state Attorney General's Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services were looking into the matter. Some state legislators also promised bills to prevent young children from receiving powerful medications and undergoing life-changing surgeries.
Castle says Texas Values is ready to cooperate with state legislators on such measures.
"These decisions,” she says, “are made before kids can even really consciously make decisions that will, you know, determine the rest of their lives."