Religious Right Helps Mom Sue Transgender Daughter Over Conversion
Anmarie Calgaro of St. Louis County in Minnesota announced to the world that she is suing the school district, her son and healthcare providers because her child has begun conversion therapy and reassignment procedures without parental consent.
In tears, Anmarie said: “Not only was I robbed of the opportunity to help my son make good decisions, but I also feel he was robbed of a key advocate in his life, his mother.”
She continued: “The news that county agencies and health service providers, the school and other county and state offices were completely bypassing me came as a total shock. Why wasn’t I even notified?”
According to court documents , Anmarie claimed her son’s conversion to a girl caused their relationship to be strained and the boy filed for emancipation from his mother back in June of 2015 with the assistance of legal aid.
Minnesota law states that minors who are emancipated from their parents can access medical care without parental knowledge or consent.
The teen had lived separated from his mother for 6 months, worked several jobs simultaneously, and continued on with completing high school with aspirations for college. During this time, Anmarie made no attempts to contact her child, report him to the authorities as a runaway or try in any way to bring him home.
Legal Aid was able to solidify the legal emancipation, qualifying the teen for social service programs, including healthcare and allowing the teen to make selective medical decisions such as conversion therapy without parental consent.
Anmarie now says “suddenly, my son, without any notice to me, no longer was under my supervision” because her son is transitioning from a male to a female.
The Thomas Moore Society (TMS) is representing Anmarie. TMS is known for taking a Christian perspective to legal matters, pushing antiabortion agendas, fighting for the rights of evangelicals to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and rally against Planned Parenthood.
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