More Judges Quoting the Bible

Good lord food poisoning.  Normally I can just sort of prop myself of at my desk to get work done even when I’m sick … but not this time.  Fever, chills, and a number of other unpleasant symptoms made for a fun filled day.

Oklahoma judge refuses to let men planning sex-change operations have feminine names

An Oklahoma County judge is refusing to let men planning sex-change operations switch to feminine names.  District Judge Bill Graves has denied name changes in two such cases so far — last year and again in August. The judge ruled both times the requests were made for a fraudulent purpose.

“A so-called sex-change surgery can make one appear to be the opposite sex, but in fact they are nothing more than an imitation of the opposite sex,” the judge wrote in a seven-page order last year.

“To grant a name change in this case would be to assist that which is fraudulent,” Graves wrote. “It is notable that Genesis 1:27-28 states: ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth …’ The DNA code shows God meant for them to stay male and female.”

And here is where the real reason behind the ruling comes out.  Because GOD.  Originally he gave some explanation that people could use this process to flee justice if they commit a crime, or get around same sex marriage laws (??) , but as soon as they start quoting the bible, you know what the real motivation is for their decision.

I don’t even know why it’s necessary for me to point out that for a judge to use the bible as a basis for the application of law not only violates of the First Amendment, but makes him look like an idiot in the process.  I suppose in all of his time “studying DNA”, it never occurred to him that some people are born gay, with three or more chromosomes, or some other deviation from the statistical “norm” that doesn’t quite jive with what the Old Testament has to say on the subject.  What does he propose they do, since God was apparently asleep at the wheel when they were in the oven?

The DNA code is also replete with endogenous retroviruses and faulty genes that will potentially give you things like Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  According to Graves’s logic, are the people afflicted with these illnesses supposed to forgo treatment because God meant for them to die like this?

Providing the judge with an expert opinion was state Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. The legislator also is a physician. The judge said Ritze was not paid for the opinion.  Ritze wrote a detailed affidavit for the judge about sex-change procedures.

“The DNA is not altered by any of the above procedures or hormonal treatment,” Ritze wrote. “Based on this scientific fact, it is my opinion that a person cannot change their sex or gender through sex change surgery.”

No one’s talking about genetic gender reassignment.  It’s about anatomical reassignment as a way to treat gender identity disorder – which is a psychological condition that very likely has genetic roots.  The issue of gender is a little more complicated than just looking at DNA and calling it done.

As before, I’m not sure what to expect from a couple of fundamentalist Christians from Oklahoma who take sort of a “here there be dragons” approach to anything that isn’t clearly spelled out for them in the bible or their church community.  The sad part is that other people are forced to live under their hopelessly incongruous moral codes because it’s still seen as a virtue to be a “man of faith”.

Like Angela Renee Ingram:

Ingram, 29, of Oklahoma City, stated the reason for the name change request was “transition from male to female.”

In an interview, Ingram told The Oklahoman about dressing in women’s clothes full time for six years, about seeing a therapist to help in the transition, and about taking hormones that have produced obvious physical changes already.

Ingram owns a purse, has bras and already is known as Angela to friends. Ingram and boyfriend David Derek Crump said they cannot afford the sex-change surgery yet. They estimated it could cost $15,000 to $20,000. Ingram is currently unemployed.

Ingram recalled that the judge said the name change request was fraudulent because “you can’t change what God gave you.”

“I tried to say, ‘I’m not trying to make you change my sex on my birth certificate. I’m trying for a name change.’ He didn’t really listen to that,” Ingram said Tuesday. “I was angry. I was frustrated.”

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