A federal judge has denied a Justice Department request for information from a conservative advocacy group on lobbying in support of a ban on gender reassignment treatment for teenagers in Alabama.

U.S. District Court Judge Lyles Burke for the Middle District of Alabama said the government’s request was far-reaching.

“The subpoena, as written, is overly broad and unnecessarily burdensome,” Trump-appointed Judge Burke wrote in his seven-page order on Monday. “Considering the relevance (or lack thereof) of the material requested, the burden of production, the resources of non-parties, and the Government’s own conduct, the Court finds that the subpoenas exceed the scope of discovery.”

The judge noted that the Justice Department could file a new petition that is more narrow in its demands.

The organization, Eagle Forum of Alabama, called the petition “unprecedented” — noting that the group is not a party to a transgender rights lawsuit seeking to overturn the Alabama law.

Transgender children and their parents filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama to challenge the Alabama Vulnerable Children’s Compassion and Protection Act, which was passed this year to make it a crime to medically assist youth in gender transition. .

The plaintiffs claim that the law prohibits parents from seeking medical care for their children.

The Justice Department has sought to intervene in the lawsuit and obtain records from the Eagle Forum of Alabama about lobbying and outreach in favor of the law.

The petitioner sought years of records from the organization, but attorneys for the Eagle Forum of Alabama argued that the court should deny the DOJ’s requests because handing over the documents would violate First Amendment rights.

Kristen Ulman, president of the conservative organization Eagle Forum, said Monday’s decision was a victory for advocacy groups and free speech.

“We successfully defended the rights of private citizens and non-profits to be involved in the legislative process when their viewpoints differed from those of the government,” said Ms. Al-Ameen. “The DOJ fought hard to harass a volunteer group of concerned citizens and their loss today should be taken as a reminder that they have awakened a sleeping giant. The court made clear that the government’s Attempts to silence voices with which it disagrees by demanding irrelevant content will not be permitted.

A Justice Department spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act was supposed to go into effect in May but was partially blocked by an injunction while the lawsuit is pending.

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