bill graves Oklahoma Judge Denies Name Change Requests from Trans WomenSomehow, I don’t think we’ll be hearing any bellyaching from right wingers like Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins about this judicial activist (from the Oklahoman):

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. . .

Five other Oklahoma County judges who handle name change requests told The Oklahoman they routinely grant them in transgender cases.

Graves does not, for scientific reasons. He has concluded a person cannot really change his or her sex because the person’s DNA stays the same.

Predictably, Judge Graves also cites Genesis in support of his transphobia:

“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.”

Graves also makes it abundantly clear that in his courtroom, he intends to decide a person’s gender identity, rather than trusting their truth:

“You’ll give me publicity that maybe I don’t want,” Graves told The Oklahoman. “If you’re born male, you stay male, according to the study I’ve done on DNA. If you’re born female, you stay female.”

If this doesn’t meet the bar for “judicial activism,” I don’t know what would. Utterly reprehensible.

(h/t: LGBTQ Nation)