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  • Boy Scouts' transgender policy 'sad,' 'predicted'

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Boy Scouts' decision to include girls who identify as boys in their programs is a tragic but predictable step, said conservative Christian leaders.

    "Tragically, the Boy Scouts seem to be continuing their trajectory toward embracing the moral priorities of the Sexual Revolution," said Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "Many of us predicted that earlier decisions by the organization were the beginning of an organizational reinvention and hoped we were wrong. Those fears have now been justified. Read More

  • Convict's release raises questions of pro-LGBT bias

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The commutation of a former U.S. soldier's espionage sentence has caused some to ask whether the reduced prison term is related to the inmate's transgender identity.

    The commutation also prompted Douglas Carver, the North American Mission Board's executive director of chaplaincy, to underscore the need for U.S. military chaplains "to engage all people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, regardless of their gender identity." Read More

  • Hospital fights transgender discrimination claim

    by Ray Hacke/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    NEW JERSEY (BP) -- A Catholic hospital in New Jersey faces a lawsuit for allegedly refusing to remove the uterus of a woman who wants to be anatomically more like a man.

    Jionni Conforti, 33, filed suit against St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center of Paterson, N.J., on Jan. 5 in federal court. Conforti, who is biologically female but identifies as male, brought suit under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because St. Joseph's refused to remove Conforti's uterus on the grounds that doing so would violate the Catholic teaching that God made people male and female. Read More

  • Court urged to reverse pro-transgender ruling

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined with other faith organizations to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower-court ruling that a federal anti-discrimination law regarding sex covers gender identity. Read More

  • Inmate's gender transition said to show ministry need

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- The first government-funded gender reassignment surgery for a prison inmate in the U.S. has been cited as evidence of the need to address gender identity struggles in prison ministry.

    Shiloh Quine, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence without parole, is recovering from male-to-female gender reassignment surgery funded by the state of California, The Washington Post reported Jan. 10. Read More

  • Judge blocks HHS mandate on gender transition, abortion

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    "This ruling is a common-sense decision." -- Travis Wussow
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal judge has blocked implementation of a controversial Obama administration rule that requires doctors to perform gender transition procedures or treatments, as well as abortions.

    In a Dec. 31 opinion, judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas granted a nationwide, preliminary injunction against a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that mandates the performance of and insurance coverage for gender transitions -- even on children -- and abortions, even if they violate the religious or ethical beliefs of the physicians and others involved. Read More

  • N.C. refusal to repeal restroom law draws support

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders welcomed the North Carolina legislature's refusal to repeal its hotly debated restroom privacy law.

    The state Senate defeated in a 32-16 vote Wednesday night (Dec. 21) a proposal to rescind the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, the controversial bill known as H.B. 2 that requires individuals in government buildings to use the restrooms of the sex on their birth certificates rather than of their gender identity. The House of Representatives took no action during a day-long special session. Read More

  • Incoming N.C. gov. negotiates restroom law repeal

    by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (one year ago)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- After months of angry debate over North Carolina's restroom law, state lawmakers are planning to repeal it.

    North Carolina Republicans passed HB2 in response to a Charlotte ordinance that forced city businesses to open their restrooms based on gender identity. Signed in March, HB2 superseded the ordinance before it took effect. The state law requires persons to use restrooms and locker rooms according to the sex listed on their birth certificates and applies to government buildings, schools and universities. It blocks municipalities, such as Charlotte, from adopting their own restroom rules. Read More

  • Restroom law likely safe despite N.C. election saga

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (one year ago)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- Regardless of who emerges victorious in North Carolina's still undecided governor's race, some of the state's Baptists believe a controversial law limiting transgender restroom access will remain in force.

    Incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican who has defended the law known as House Bill 2, trails Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat and staunch H.B. 2 critic, by some 5,000 votes with more than 58,000 provisional ballots to be adjudicated and potentially counted, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. Read More

  • High court accepts transgender case

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, October 31, 2016 (one year ago)

    "We can respect the worth and dignity of everyone without erasing biological distinctives." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The question of transgender rights will receive a hearing soon from the country's highest court.

    The Supreme Court announced Oct. 28 it will review a lower court opinion regarding the right of a student to use the public school restroom that matches her gender identity rather than her biological sex. Oral arguments in the case likely will take place in early 2017, and an opinion is expected before the court adjourns next summer. Read More