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Appeals Court Says County Judge Wrongly Denied Name Change To Transgender Teen

Mar 12, 2019

Judge Joseph Kirby
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The 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals has overturned a Warren County probate judge's decision to deny a transgender 15-year-old a legal name change. 

The court ruled Joseph Kirby's decision "was arbitrary, unreasonable, unconscionable and based solely upon the transgender status of the applicant's child." Kirby's ruling claimed the teen lacked the "maturity, knowledge and stability" to make such a decision. The parents appealed, saying Kirby ignored advice from medical and mental health professionals who say early name changes allow transgender children to register for school and avoid further confusion and trauma. The appeals court returned the case to Kirby for reconsideration.