A federal judge says the Houston County (GA) Sheriff’s Office must pay for male-to-female sex reassignment surgery for a longtime investigator.

In 2019 Deputy Anna Lange sued the county because it denied health care coverage for her surgery.

She told Sheriff Cullen Talton the previous year that she identified as a woman, planned to dress as a woman on the job, and wanted to go undergo surgery, but Houston County’s health care coverage prohibited coverage for sex reassignment, WMAZ reports.

Judge Marc Treadwell’s ruling says that violates Lange’s right to equal protection under the Constitution.

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