Washington to be sued over law that allows state to kidnap kids and hide them from their parents over "gender" - (Op-ed)

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WASHINGTON, DC – Washington governor Jay Inslee recently signed Senate Bill 5599 into law. Now, he is named with two other state officials in a lawsuit to halt its enforcement in the state.

Inslee, along with Attorney General Robert Furguson and Secretary of the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families, Ross Hunter, are being sued by America First Legal (AFL), according to the law firm representing the AFL, Schaerr Jaffe LLP.

Senate Bill 5599 is a new law that “allows shelters to take in children struggling with gender dysphoria and potentially provide them with life-altering 'care' (potentially including sterilization) without parental consent or knowledge,” according to a release by the legal team.

The new law in Washington basically allows minors to essentially show up at “a youth shelter, homeless shelter, or a host home, [and] provides sufficient grounds to steamroll parental constitutional rights,” according to the verbiage in the court filing.

According to the AFL website, Washington’s new law is “state-sanctioned kidnapping” and allows authorities to “hide [runaway] kids seeking gender transitions from their parents.”

The press release also included statements from Stephen Miller and Gene Hamilton, AFL President and Vice-Presidents respectfully.

“America First Legal is leading the courtroom charge against radical transgenderism and the sexual exploitation of our children by militant gender activists," Miller stated. "No state action more frighteningly illustrates the threat to our children than this law.

"This sick, authoritarian law essentially allows the state to kidnap children from their parents and hide their whereabouts to surgically and chemically mutilate them — and to formally deprive their parents of any legal ability to stop the medical disfigurement of their sons and daughters by gender extremists targeting their children.

"Today, we are filing an urgent lawsuit against the State of Washington to enjoin enforcement of this monstrous law and to obtain immediate restoration of parental rights for every family in Washington State. This law is illegal, unconstitutional, and evil. This litigation is about saving our children from those who abuse their innocence, torment their minds, and disfigure their bodies.

"America First Legal will be unrelenting in the struggle to save the rapidly vanishing civil, legal, and medical rights of kids, moms, and dads in America."

Further, Hamilton said, “The State of Washington has embarked on a radical new crusade to deprive parents of their fundamental rights under the Constitution, and it should shock all Americans to their cores. Parents who do not ‘affirm’ their children’s so-called ‘gender identity’ are treated the same as child abusers, such that they do not have to be contacted when their children show up at a shelter the way any other parent would be.

"And Washington also decided to permit children in such situations to obtain certain medical services without the consent of a parent–an equally shocking prospect. We will proudly stand with our clients and fight for their rights against these absurd and arbitrary laws advanced by radical activists in Washington."
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