This is not the Arizona I know and love damnit!
LGBTQ Nation: Arizona Supreme Court rules judges can order treatment for trans kids if a parent doesn’t consent . . .
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that a court can order parents to provide counseling and other treatment for transgender kids, even if one parent isn’t supportive. The court also ruled that a family court had overstepped in ordering parents to treat their transgender daughter like a boy.
The ruling said that courts can intervene if the child is “at risk for physical danger or significantly impaired emotionally,” a higher legal standard than “the best interests of the child.”
The case that led to the ruling involved a divorced heterosexual couple – identified as Paul E. and Courtney F. in court documents – who have three children together. After their divorce, they got joint legal decision-making authority and equal time with their kids, with Paul getting final authority over their children’s medical and educational decisions.
One of their children, L., made known at around age 5 that she identifies as a girl. Her mother supported her and let her wear female clothing to school without telling her father.