Stephanie Whitaker, Jennifer Shaul and “Jane Doe” have sued Kirby for violating the Equal Protection Clause. Their attorneys want a declaratory judgment, attorney’s fees and costs.
They allege Kirby “has a pattern and practice of treating name change requests from transgender adolescents differently than other name change requests.” They say the judge either denied their requests, or treated them differently.
In Whitaker’s case, the parents wanted their 14-year-old daughter to have a name change to reflect her gender identification as a male. Kirby said it’s a decision she can make when she becomes an adult.