Warren County Probate Court Judge Joe Kirby today granted the name change sought by a 15-year-old whose family was part of the federal lawsuit filed after the judge denied another transgender youth’s request.
On Wednesday, the judge granted the name change in the court in Lebanon.
Last month, Kirby made the name change requested by a transgender teen known as H.C.W. after the 12th District Court of Appeals reversed his decision rejecting the name change.
The family of the teen, known as J.O.S., joined H.C.W’s family in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati to force the change.
This case was dismissed in a decision pointing to the pending 12th District appeal, which overturned Kirby in a March 4 opinion.
“The probate court’s fixation upon H.C.W.’s maturity to express a meaningful preference resulted in its failure to consider other significant factors relation to H.C.W.’s best interest,” Judge Michael Powell of the 12th District Court of Appeals in Middletown wrote.
In both cases, the teen was born female but identifies as male, prompting the name change requests.
Lawyer Josh Langdon represented both teens.