The Oregon Department of Justice Argued Against Transgender Rights Gov. Kate Brown Supports. Then the Agency Backtracked.

On May 26, the Oregon Department of Justice made an unusual decision. The agency withdrew a legal motion that it had filed in a high-profile transgender rights lawsuit.

John Parry, who teaches civil procedure at Lewis & Clark Law School, says it's rare for the Department of Justice to withdraw a motion.

"Ordinarily," Parry says, "you figure out if you want to file a motion before you file it with the court, not afterwards."

This about-face was especially awkward because it occurred on a sensitive political and civil rights issue. A transgender state prison inmate sued the state for denying her hormone therapy and the DOJ's motion supported that denial.

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