Axing of sex-change surgery funding likely to provoke rights battle – By Andrew Hanon, Sun Media

“This,” says Kris Wells, “could be the next Vriend case.”

The provincial government is about to drag all Albertans into yet another costly, shameful and needless legal battle – this time over the decision to stop funding sex-change surgery.

And like the landmark Delwin Vriend Supreme Court case that forced Alberta to protect gays in its human rights legislation a decade ago, or the former premier Ralph Klein’s pigheaded – and ultimately futile – fight with Ottawa over same-sex marriage, this is one the government cannot possibly win.