May 5, 2015 11:20 AM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California officials are asking an appellate court to stay a federal judge's order that the state immediately provide a transgender prison inmate with sex reassignment surgery.
State officials say they filed a request for a stay Monday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The state already is appealing this month's ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar that California's corrections department must provide the surgery to 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, whose birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.
Tigar denied the state's request for a stay last week.
The San Francisco-based judge is just the second in the nation to order a state prison system to provide the surgery. The previous order in a Massachusetts case was overturned and the U.S. Supreme Court let the rejection stand without comment Monday.
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