An Oklahoma judge is quoting passages from the Bible and using junk science to deny trans people the right to have their names officially changed.
One case goes back to 2011 where District Judge Bill Graves, of Oklahoma County, denied trans woman Christie Ann Harvey an official name change, saying that it was based on “fraudulent purposes” wherein he cited the Bible as proof for his assertions.
“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.
“Here, petitioner has not even had the surgery by which his sex purports to be changed. Thus, based on the foregoing and the DNA evidence, a sex change cannot make a man a woman or a woman a man all of which, the Court finds is sufficient in and of itself to deny petitioner’s request for a name change,” Graves wrote.
“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 judge also wrote about not wanting to be “complicit in legitimizing sex changes through changes of names.”
The judgment is currently on appeal.
The second more recent judgment involves Angela Renee Ingram, who wants to change her official gender markers as part of her gender transition, and was issued in August. Ingram has said the judgment has made her feel suicidal.
In the order, Judge Graves, 74, cited an affidavit submitted by Rep. Mike Ritze, (R-Broken Arrow), a legislator who is also a physician.
The lawmaker said that, “The DNA is not altered by any of the above procedures or hormonal treatment. Based on this scientific fact, it is my opinion that a person cannot change their sex or gender through sex change surgery.”
This opinion fails to account for a number of facts, not least of which is the reality that Ingram has been diagnosed with GID and is transitioning to improve her mental well-being.