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Appeals Court To Hear Inmate Sex Change Case

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A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in an appeal of a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change for a Massachusetts transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder.

The state is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordering prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments Monday.

Kosilek, who was born a man, was convicted in the 1990 murder of wife Cheryl Kosilek.

In his ruling, Wolf found that the surgery is the "only adequate treatment" for Kosilek's gender-identity disorder. State prison officials say they have security concerns and are worried about protecting Kosilek in prison if she has the surgery.

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