Oregon inmate loses sex-change lawsuit
By The Associated Press

PORTLAND An Oregon prison inmate has lost a lawsuit to force the state to pay for a sex-change operation and transfer him to a women's prison.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart ruled that inmate Anny May Stevens could not pursue his federal lawsuit because he had previously lost the same suit in state court.

Stewart also ruled that it was reasonable for the Oregon Department of Corrections to assign inmates to a men's or a women's prison based on their anatomical sex not their preferred gender identity.

Otherwise, the judge said, inmates could request the opposite sex prison based on personal preference.

Stevens is serving an 18-year sentence for manslaughter in the stabbing death of a man in downtown Portland in 1997.