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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling striking down a Wisconsin law banning taxpayer-funded hormone therapy for transgender inmates.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Friday comes in a case brought by a group of male inmates who identify as female challenging a 2006 state law.

They say they need the hormones to treat their gender identity disorder, and not having them would lead to severe health problems.

A federal judge struck down the law last year and the state appealed. On Friday a three-judge panel on the federal appeals court upheld the ruling.

Attorneys for the inmates praised the ruling. Attorneys for the state had no immediate comment.

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