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Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policyCINCINNATI (BP) -- Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision.
The March 7 decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity, and reverses a lower court ruling that had protected the workplace under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Read More
Transgender teens: New study 'no surprise,' says ethicistNASHVILLE (BP) -- A medical journal's finding that the number of transgender teens may be three times greater than previously thought should not shock believers, says a Southern Baptist ethicist, but it should summon them to ministry.
"It should come as no surprise that more teens are identifying as transgender or gender-conforming," said Andrew Walker, director of policy studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and author of "God and the Transgender Debate." Read More
Parents lose custody of transgender teenCINCINNATI, Ohio (BP) -- An Ohio couple on Friday (Feb. 16) lost permanent custody of their teenage daughter because they didn't want her to undergo sex-change treatment.
Cincinnati-area Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon removed the girl from her parents' custody and turned her over to her maternal grandparents, who support the 17-year-old's desire to identify as a boy. The teen moved in with her grandparents early last year.
The names of the girl and her parents and grandparents are sealed by court order. Read More
LGBT acceptance decreasing, GLAAD poll claimsNASHVILLE (BP) -- A survey claiming a decrease in Americans' comfort level with homosexual acts and individuals has met skepticism from two Christians who study sexuality and culture. But if the survey accurately reflects public sentiment, they say, it could indicate the Bible's lingering influence on society.
The pro-homosexual advocacy group GLAAD released data Thursday (Jan. 25) indicating Americans' comfort level with a variety of situations involving lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals -- including learning a family member is homosexual and having a child placed in a class with an LGBT teacher. Read More
Wisc. school drops appeal, transgender fight continuesKENOSHA, Wisconsin (BP) -- For two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been able to avoid the inevitable, but the justices will be asked, most likely this year, to define the meaning of "sex" in Title IX.
Transgender schoolchildren and their attorneys argue gender identity is a protected class under the federal education nondiscrimination law, and judges mostly have agreed. A confluence of cases is headed to appeals courts across the country, pitting transgender students' demands for access to the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice against schools' attempts to maintain privacy for all students. Read More
Transgender views follow religious divide, Pew saysNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians are just as likely to say that gender is determined solely at birth as are atheists and religious "nones" to say the opposite, according to newly released Pew Research Center findings.
Nearly two-thirds of Christians, 63 percent, told Pew that gender is determined at birth; while 62 percent of atheists/agnostics and "nones," categorized as religiously unaffiliated, said individual gender can change from biological sex at birth. Read More
Pew survey: Transgender views follow partisan divideNASHVILLE (BP) -- Republicans are far more likely to believe gender is limited to one's biological sex apparent at birth, according to statistics Pew Research Center released after local transgender victories in U.S. elections Nov. 7.
In Virginia, Danica Roem unseated 13-term incumbent Republican Robert G. Marshall to become the first openly transgender "woman" elected to a U.S. statehouse, The Hill reported. In Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender African American "woman" elected to public office in the U.S. by defeating three opponents for a Minneapolis City Council seat, The Hill said. Read More
Transgender military ban setback may be appealedWASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal judge's decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban of transgender military service is "likely" to be overturned on appeal, says a former military attorney who serves as general counsel for the Missouri Baptist Convention.
"The Obama Defense Department changed the longstanding policy just last year regarding transgender service in the military," Mike Whitehead, the Missouri convention's attorney and a former member of the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps, told Baptist Press, "and President Trump merely changed it back. Read More
Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious libertySACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- Pro-family advocates are lamenting California Gov. Jerry Brown's approval Oct. 15 of a bill expanding rights for individuals identifying as transgender but celebrating his veto the same day of a measure that threatened religious liberty.
Brown, a Democrat, signed Senate Bill 179, which adds a third gender option on official state identification documents for those who reject the designation of male or female and opt instead to be considered "nonbinary." Among his vetoes, meanwhile, was Assembly Bill 569, which would have made it illegal for religious organizations to prohibit their employees from having abortions or engaging in sex outside marriage. Read More
Trump issues transgender military directiveWASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump has directed the U.S. Armed Forces to "return to the longstanding policy" of precluding transgender individuals from military service.
In an Aug. 25 memorandum to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, who oversees the Coast Guard, Trump directed the military to bar transgender individuals from entering the service. By March 23, 2018, the Armed Forces also must "halt all use" of government funds to pay for gender reassignment surgery for military personnel, Trump stated, "except to the extent ... Read More