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SCOTUS: Trump's ban on trans military service standsWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 22) to allow the enforcement of President Trump's ban on transgender military service, a ban previously frozen by lower court injunctions.
The policy immediately stops transgender persons from entering the military except "under certain limited circumstances," according to media reports. It was first announced by Trump via Twitter in July 2017 and then tweaked in March 2018 to help it pass through lower courts attempting to block it. See related Baptist Press report. Read More
Therapy bans and reports of trans regret growASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The success of LGBT activists in dictating how therapists counsel minors about sexuality and gender dysphoria reportedly continues to gain momentum as 2019 begins. Some pro-LGBT groups want to make it illegal for therapists to encourage children to embrace heterosexuality or their biological sex and expect legislative victories in at least four states this year: Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and New York.
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia, as well as cities and municipalities in seven other states, have laws against so-called "conversion therapy" on the books. Last week, the Denver City Council reportedly voted unanimously to similarly restrict therapists. Read More
Church of England's new 'gender transition service'ENGLAND (BP) -- The Church of England issued pastoral guidance last month instituting a new "gender transition service," a move conservative Anglicans decried as contrary to the Bible.
The guidance, published Dec. 11 and approved by the House of Bishops, the upper house of the tricameral Church of England General Synod, laid out a model for a "celebratory" service to mark the church's official recognition of a person as a sex different from that of his or her birth. Read More
UC Berkeley leader slammed over biblical gender viewsBERKELEY, Calif. (BP) -- A Christian student leader is facing backlash and censure after abstaining from a pro-transgender vote and citing a biblical standard of two genders in her defense.
A University of California at Berkeley LGBT group is petitioning for Sen. Isabella Chow's resignation from student government; her political party, Student Action, has dropped ties to her; the university newspaper has refused to run Chow's editorial in her defense; and hundreds have protested against her, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Nov. 9. Read More
Professor fights pronoun mandatePORTSMOUTH, Ohio (BP) -- A Shawnee State University philosophy professor filed a lawsuit against the Portsmouth, Ohio, school on Nov. 5 for disciplining him because he insisted on using the courtesy title that corresponded to a student's biological sex.
Nicholas Meriwether, a 22-year tenured faculty member, uses courtesy titles like "Mr." and "Miss" with students' last names in his classes. But his belief that God created humans immutably male or female puts that practice at odds with the Shawnee State nondiscrimination policy, which demands employees affirm a person's preferred gender.
The case could force publicly funded schools to reassess their LGBT nondiscrimination policies, said Meriwether's attorney, Travis Barham with Alliance Defending Freedom. "Public universities have no business compelling people to express views they do not hold," Barham said. "That's the message of this case." Read More
Prayer for prodigals emerges from transformed livesBARTLESVILLE, Okla. (BP) -- The enemy meant to destroy them, but today they're intent on destroying the enemy.
In 2013, Francine Perry, a member of First Baptist Church in Bartlesville, Okla., started a Bible study, named Come Grow with Me, with 25 women who met in a home for several years. Today, that study has grown to nearly 140 women from area churches who meet weekly in First Baptist's worship center.
It was during the growth of the Bible study that Francine and Paul Perry and their daughter Laura were going through the trial of their lives -- dealing with issues of Laura's sexual identity. Read More
Outcry at Trump gender memo shows 'pain,' confusionWASHINGTON (BP) -- Angry reaction to news the Trump administration may revert to the traditional definition of gender in some federal programs, three evangelical commentators say, reveals society's confusion and need for ministry.
The administration's proposal "may sound controversial, but it is not," Andrew Walker of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission wrote in an Oct. 23 commentary. "The only stable way to determine what defines male and female are primary and secondary sex characteristics." Reaction to the proposal "by transgender activists demonstrates how confused our society is on what it means to be human and how far ingrained the transgender worldview has become in our thinking." Read More
Attorney under fire while defending religious freedomANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- An Alaska law firm representing a Christian women's shelter is defending itself from a complaint brought by the same municipal agency suing the shelter. The case raises a question: Will lawyers come under fire for defending religious clients accused of discrimination?
The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission (AERC) previously sued the Downtown Hope Center, a women's only homeless shelter, for not admitting a man who identified as transgender. On Jan. 26, police dropped off Timothy Coyle -- who goes by Samantha Coyle -- at the center after another ... Read More
'Drag Queen Story Hours' to 'teach' kidsASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Public libraries across the country are hosting drag performers for children's story hours this month. What started as a one-off 2015 event in San Francisco has become a national movement of libraries hiring men dressed as women to read books and sing songs with children, all advertised as kid-friendly exposure to gender fluidity.
The events happen year-round, but more libraries are hosting story hours as part of their June LGBT Pride Month events. Libraries and bookstores in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Vermont are hosting the "Drag Queen Story Hours." Read More
Judicial wordplay redefines locker room realityASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia, last week disregarded students' pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.
On May 24, a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Philadelphia took only 15 minutes to unanimously deny an appeal by four Boyertown, Pa., high school students seeking an injunction against ... Read More