A federal judge is pushing pause on the case of a transgender inmate in Idaho suing for sex reassignment surgery as a deadline looms for the state to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judges in Idaho and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals have both ruled that barring Adree Edmo from receiving sex reassignment surgery is unconstitutional because of her gender dysphoria diagnosis.
Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences significant stress over being born in a body that doesn’t match their gender identity.
The 9th Circuit denied the state of Idaho’s appeal to re-hear the case by a wider panel of judges in February.
Edmo has been receiving treatments in preparation for the surgery since last year. Those have been temporarily put on hold due to the coronavirus, but will immediately resume when it’s safe to do so.
Her case seeking damages from the state, though, was put on hold last month pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In previous court filings, Idaho said it had until May 11 to file that appeal.
Edmo is currently scheduled to be released from prison in July 2021.
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