Parents in Madison, Wisconsin are suing their school district for affirming their children's transgender identities without their consent.
"There's a lot of cases that have said that parents have a right to direct the upbringing of their children," said Luke Berg, deputy counsel for the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, in an appearance on the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" radio program.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed the lawsuit on behalf of the parents.
"What courts have focused on is parents have a right to be involved in and to make significant decisions that affect their children," said Berg. "So, we think this violates that constitutional right, but it also comes close to violating a whole lot of state and federal laws."
The Institute initially sent a letter to the Madison Metropolitan School District asking for a change in the policy, calling it a medically wrong violation of the law.
"There's a whole lot of studies showing that for the vast majority of children who experience gender dysphoria, it goes away," Berg told the radio program. He went on to say that "a lot of mental health professionals" think it could make things worse if children are encouraged or enabled to transition at a young age.
Berg said the district's response to the letter was "minimal" – just two paragraphs "politely" declining to change the policy.
OneNewsNow sought comment from the Madison Metropolitan School District and has received the following response:
MMSD has not been served with the lawsuit, therefore cannot comment until we have had the opportunity to review its claims.
MMSD prioritizes working in collaboration with families to support our students and it is always our preferred method of support. MMSD must also prioritize the safety and wellbeing of every individual student who walks through its doors each day. It is with this focus, the district stands by its guidance document on transgender and non-binary students, and recognizes its tremendous responsibility to uphold the right of every child to be educated in a safe, all-inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment.