Attorney General Ashley Moody has been dismissed without prejudice as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by seven families of transgender children alleging that Senate Bill (SB) 254 violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

SB 254, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 17, prohibits transgender minors from obtaining medical care for gender dysphoria.

“Ashley Moody filed a motion to dismiss saying she isn’t a proper party, and we decided not to oppose that,” said Attorney Simone Chriss, director of the Transgender Rights Initiative at Southern Legal Counsel in Gainesville. “She is not a proper party because she doesn’t intend on enforcing SB 254 and doesn’t think she even has the authority to enforce it. So, ultimately, that’s a positive thing.”

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