Judge blocks Georgia’s transgender hormone treatment law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Georgia s law banning hormone treatment for transgender children.

The new law would have banned certain treatments to begin the physical transition of transgender children’s development and appearance.

But, Georgia News Network reports U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Geraghty says it violates the 14th Amendment right of equal protection.

Some Georgia families filed the lawsuit in June saying the law would stop them from making health care decisions for their children. Supporters of the law say it would protect kids from gender transitions that are permanent.

Opponents say the law will end up hurting transgender children who are already at a higher risk for suicide or other mental health issues, like gender dysphoria.