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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, Destiny Clark, 33, of Odenville, Ala., sits infant of a pride flag for a portrait in Odenville, Ala. Alabama’s policy requiring a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their driver’s license is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Judge: Alabama transgender license policy unconstitutional

Jan. 15, 2021 7:53 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s policy requiring a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their driver’s license is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson said Alabama policy’s that...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports. Attorneys on both sides say they expect President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education will switch sides in legal battles that could go a long way in determining whether transgender athletes are treated by the sex on their birth certificates or by how they identify.  (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Transgender athletes look to changing of White House guard

Jan. 15, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports — although state legislatures, Congress and the courts are all expected to have their say this year, too. Attorneys on both sides say they expect...

US judge again blocks new Arkansas abortion restrictions

Dec. 23, 2020 7:41 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily blocked four new abortion restrictions hours after they took effect in Arkansas, including one that bans a procedure commonly used in the second trimester. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker late Tuesday granted a temporary restraining...

Group says it's challenging residency of 364K Georgia voters

Dec. 18, 2020 6:22 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A conservative group said Friday that it's challenging the eligibility of more than 364,000 Georgia voters before election officials in each of the state's 159 counties ahead of January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. The Texas-based True the Vote said...

Court: Ohio must allow gender changes on birth certificates

Dec. 16, 2020 5:02 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio can’t keep refusing to allow people to change the gender listings on their birth certificates, a federal court ruled Wednesday. In response to a lawsuit brought by four transgender people, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio found Ohio’s birth...

Court won't rehear case over Arkansas abortion restrictions

Dec. 15, 2020 7:57 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday said it won't reconsider its decision to lift a judge's ruling that has blocked four Arkansas abortion restrictions from taking effect, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it won't...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Phoenix International Academy in Phoenix. DeVos has extended the moratorium on student loan payments and the accrual of interest until Jan. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Trump eases rules for religious social service providers

Dec. 14, 2020 6:26 PM EST

The Trump administration on Monday moved to loosen Obama-era restrictions on religious organizations that receive federal money to provide social services. In new rules coordinated across nine federal agencies, the administration said it was clearing barriers that make it difficult for religious groups to...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House in Washington. A federal judge in Maryland has denied the Trump administration's request to reinstate a rule that would require women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that public health risks for patients only have grown worse. In March, dozens of anti-abortion advocates signed a letter to Azar in which they called for halting abortion procedures during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Judge refuses to reinstate rule for dispensing abortion pill

Dec. 10, 2020 11:38 AM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge in Maryland has denied the Trump administration's request to reinstate a rule that would require women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that public health risks for patients only have grown...