Republicans ask for appeal of transgender ruling

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Republican lawmakers are calling on Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to appeal a ruling that transgender Wisconsin inmates are entitled to taxpayer-funded hormone therapy.

Reps. Scott Suder, Joel Kleefisch and 32 colleagues signed a letter urging Van Hollen “to use the full power and all available legal resources of the Department of Justice” to fight the decision.

The request came in response to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert striking down a law that banned inmates from receiving hormone therapy. Inmates diagnosed with gender identity disorder say they need the therapy, and Clevert says denying them would be cruel and unusual punishment.

A Van Hollen spokesman says he appreciates the input and continues to consider an appeal.

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