An appeals court in Oklahoma has reversed a lower court judge’s ruling denying a transgender woman the right to legally change her name because, in essence, the Bible says so. You can read the full appeals court ruling here and a news report on the ruling here.
More than 16 months after asking for a name change, Steven Charles Harvey will be allowed to switch to Christie Ann Harvey.
Ruling in a transgender case, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals on Tuesday ordered a judge to grant the name change…
The appeals court ruled Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves was wrong to deny the name change last year…
Graves, a former Republican legislator, denied the request.
The judge wrote that a person cannot actually change one’s sex through surgery because the DNA stays the same.
“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.”
The name Bill Graves may be familiar to you. It certainly is to me. Graves was the attorney that defended the Little Axe school district in the 1981 suit by Joann Bell over one of the most blatant establishment clause violations I’ve ever seen. That case will be an entire chapter in my book. It’s the most appalling case of abuse against a church/state plaintiff I’ve ever seen. Graves, by the way, is a Christian Reconstructionist. He actually called RJ Rushdoony as an expert witness in that case.