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Judge Rules Father Has A Say In James Younger’s Gender Transition

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Mary Margaret Olohan Social Issues Reporter
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A judge ruled Thursday that Jeff Younger has a say in whether or not his 7-year-old son goes through a gender transition.

Judge Kim Cooks of Texas’s 255th district ruled Thursday that parents Younger and Anne Georgulas will have joint guardianship over James Younger, LifeSite News reported. This joint guardianship includes joint decision-making for medical decisions.

Cooks also ordered a gag order on the father, prohibiting him from speaking to the press, a decision that means Jeff Younger’s blog “Save James” will be shut down, according to LifeSite News. Jeff Younger will not be required to pay medical fees. (RELATED: Texas Gov Announces Investigation Into Case Of Mother Transitioning 7-Year-Old James Younger Against Father’s Wishes)

The judge restricted access to the courtroom for any media members who did not have a hard card press pass, according to the Texan, which was denied access. A “Coffee & Politics” reporter who is friends with the judge was allowed to remain without a hard pass after showing the bailiff a text message from the judge.

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Jeff Younger had said his son is happy being a boy and does not desire to be a girl, according to The Texan. James Younger’s pediatrician mother, Georgulas, as well as counselors and therapists who testified on her behalf, told the court that the 7-year-old is transgender and had expressed to each of them that he wished he were a girl.

A Texas jury decided Monday that Jeff Younger cannot stop James Younger’s social gender transition to a girl. A social transition refers to when a person begins to publicly conform to the opposite gender, according to Planned Parenthood.

Georgulas said her child’s gender identity should be affirmed by wearing dresses, being treated as a girl and being called “Luna,” according to The Texan.

The jury decided Monday that Georgulas should receive sole managing guardianship of James Younger and his twin brother Jude Younger. (RELATED: ACLU Told CA Teachers To Help Students Obtain Abortions Without Parental Notification, Video Reveals)

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced an investigation Wednesday into James Younger’s case following conservative outrage on Twitter.

Abbott tweeted that the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are looking into details of James Younger’s case. 

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