Virginia Inmate Close to State Funded Sex Change

Published 01/29 2013 02:58PM

Updated 01/29 2013 03:01PM

Virginia Inmate Ophelia De'lonta appears closer to getting a sex change paid for by taxpayers.

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that De'lonta is entitled to a hearing to determine whether the Virginia Department of Corrections violated her constitutional rights by not allowing her to be evaluated for the operation.

The Appeals Court ruling does not decide the merits of De'lonta's 8th Amendment violation claim, and it doesn't suggest that sex change surgery is the remedy.

De'lonta could become the first in the nation to have state-funded sex change surgery to treat gender identity disorder.

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