THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — If Oklahoma District Judge Bill Graves is also a scientist specializing in the study of DNA, he should submit his research to a peer-reviewed medical journal for scrutiny utilizing the scientific method first. Practicing this sort of medicine on the bench amounts to quackery, not to mention, judicial malpractice.
So far, Judge Graves has denied name changes to two trans persons, arguing that DNA does not change with HRT (hormone replacement therapy) or SRS (sex reassignment surgery) therefore a person’s sex cannot change. Although other Oklahoma County judges routinely grant trans people name changes, Graves insists trans people who request name changes are doing it for fraudulent purposes.
Graves, a former legislator, partly based his decision on comments by a Republican state legislator,
also a physician, who has a “scientific opinion” on DNA — no research was reportedly cited. [I fixed the sentence so it is more clear -- Graves is not a doctor, but his legislator friend is.]
Graves: “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 . . . 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.”
From The Oklahoman:
“The judge in his 2011 order gave three specific reasons against allowing name changes in transgender cases.
He wrote it could result in someone unwittingly marrying a person “who appeared to be of the opposite sex but was actually of the same sex.”
He wrote it also could hinder crime investigations — causing police officers searching for a male based on DNA evidence to ignore a potential suspect the officers believed was female.
He wrote it also could let someone circumvent the state’s prohibitions against same-sex marriage.”
I believe the judge has pretty much made it clear in his own words that he isn’t much of a judge. Or a doctor.
At least one trans person has appealed the decision. My hunch is that the appeals court will grant her name change request.
Other dubious achievements by Judge Graves: http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2008/06/05/2164
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