Judge Denies Trans Montana Lawmaker’s Bid to Return to House Floor Following Censure

by Ben Whedon


A judge has rejected a suit from Montana Democratic state Rep. Zooey Zephyr seeking to return to the state House floor following a censure vote from lawmakers over remarks made during debate on a bill barring transgender care for minors.

Zephyr, a trans individual, filed suit on Monday seeking to override the decision that bars the Democrat from speaking on the House floor. Several constituents alleged that the decision had infringed on their constitutional rights.

District Court Judge Mike Menahan determined that he lacked the authority to overrule the legislature on such a matter.

“Plaintiffs’ requested relief would require this Court to interfere with legislative authority in a manner that exceeds this Court’s authority,” he wrote, according to the Associated Press.

Montana lawmakers censured Zephyr in late April by a 68-32 margin over the lawmaker’s saying that legislators would have “blood on your hands,” should they approve the legislation.

Ultimately, the legislature approved the bans and sent them to the desk of Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte, who signed the measure on Friday.

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Ben Whedon joined the Just the News team in March of 2022 after previously working as an editor and national security reporter for Breitbart News.
Background Photo “Montana Capitol” by gillfoto. CC BY-SA 4.0.



Reprinted with permission from Just the News 

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