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U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) called Eagle Forum “a very good group” on Wednesday and said “we’ll just have to let the courts decide” on a recent subpoena by the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent to Eagle Forum.

Last month, the DOJ, through the U.S. Attorney's office in Birmingham, sent a subpoena to Eagle Forum of Alabama asking to obtain its communications about its support for legislation banning hormone treatments and gender transition surgeries for minors. After the bill's passage in the Alabama Legislature, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the legislation, and a federal judge subsequently blocked it in May.

The subpoena demanded "all information related to the non-profit's legislative activities promoting the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion And Protection Act (VCAP) since 2017."

“The Eagle Forum is a very good group of people that I think has done some very good things,” Tuberville told Alabama reporters on Wednesday. “They’re kind of an oversight group. I don’t understand it all yet…I know (the DOJ is) subpoenaing a lot of things they want off of one of the issues that they’re concerned about. We’ll wait to look at this subpoena. We’ll wait to look at the issues, but we hope all of this can be handled in the court. But, again, I’m very familiar with Eagle Forum. They do a good job, and we’ll just see how this all gels out. It’s just something that, again, we’ll just have to let the courts decide.”

The law prohibits the practice of prescribing children hormones and puberty blockers and bans sex change surgeries, including mastectomies and castrations on children.

It was passed by the legislature earlier this year and signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey.

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