Texas was once again at the forefront of some of the biggest legal stories of the year. The following are the state’s top stories of 2022 as determined by the staff of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.
The Texas Culture Wars Continue
The legal and political battle over gender and sexuality in Texas continued in 2022 with – most recently – the revelation Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office asked for information about Texans who changed their gender on their Texas driver licenses.
The Texas Department of Public Safety reports it was unable to fulfill the request, but news of the request still served as a chilling reminder of the legal jeopardy in which many transgendered Texans find themselves.
Earlier in the year, Paxton attempted to intervene in a case involving Dallas physician Dr. Ximena Lopez and her treatment of transgender patients. A court injunction in that case allowed Dr. Lopez to continue seeing new and existing patients, providing them and their families with the care they need.
All of this happened in a year when both the attorney general and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sought to investigate families with transgender children for child abuse if those families were getting their children treatment and medications for gender dysphoria, or discomfort brought on by a mismatch between one’s biological sex and gender identity.