District Judge Bill Graves has thus far denied two transgender individuals requests to change their names to something denoting feminine identities, despite Graves colleagues regularly granting such requests, according to a recent story in The Oklahoman.
Graves refusal isnt a surprise for anyone who remembers his 24 years as a state representative staunchly opposed to anything that smacked of gay rights. Its not for nothing that his former legislative seat is now held by Sally Kern.
In Graves deliberations, he sought an expert opinion on whether a sex change would change a persons DNA in such a manner as to determine gender, according to The Oklahoman.
Sex changes do not alter DNA, of course. And so, as the newspaper reported, Graves concluded that a name change to something more feminine would be fraudulent.
Which caught us off guard, because we at Chicken-Fried News always assumed that when a married woman takes the last name of her husband, her DNA instantly transforms to make her genetically related to her hubbys family.
If that werent the case, thankfully, were sure Judge Graves would be the first to point out that the woman was committing fraud by feigning relations.
That expert who gave Graves an expert opinion on the matter? That would be none other than Broken Arrow doctor and state Rep. Mike Ritze. You might remember Ritze as the guy who wanted to allow a monument or a graven image, if you will of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the State Capitol.
Not solely satisfied with such expert advice, Graves also turned to the ultimate authority on science and ethical issues: the first book of the Bible.
In one ruling denying a transgender person a name change, according to The Oklahoman, Graves
wrote, To grant a name change in this case would be to assist that
which is fraudulent. 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.
Which got us thinking: Remember when there were all those fears of religious law infiltrating Oklahomas court system?
Oh, wait. That was Sharia law. Totally different story.