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  • Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    August 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is in court again, defending the same religious freedom right the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed on his behalf in a previous case in June. This time, transgender attorney Autumn Scardina filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips for refusing to bake a birthday cake celebrating Scardina’s transition from a male to female identity.

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  • Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    May 31 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    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.

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  • Judge sides with transgender teen

    May 24 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Judge sides with transgender teen

    A federal judge on May 22 said a Virginia school board violated the rights of a transgender teen by requiring that all students use the restroom corresponding to their biological gender. U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen declined to hear the Gloucester County School Board’s request to dismiss the case.

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  • Therapy bans, the new battlefield

    April 11 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Therapy bans, the new battlefield

    In the last few weeks, at least four states have taken action on laws barring therapists from counseling individuals about their sexual orientation or gender identity, other than to encourage homosexuality or transgenderism. Supporters of the laws argue the bans protect people from ineffective and abusive methods.

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  • New Trump transgender military policy ‘likely’ to stand

    March 27 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New Trump transgender military policy ‘likely’ to stand

    The Donald Trump administration has issued a new directive that permits transgender military service only “under certain limited circumstances.” The policy tweak could render moot legal challenges to President Trump’s previous ban of transgender troops, says a former military attorney.

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  • Sweden first to offer payouts to sterilized transsexuals

    March 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sweden first to offer payouts to sterilized transsexuals

    Transgender Swedes forcibly sterilized to expressly prevent reproduction are eligible for payouts of about $27,000 each under a new law that is reportedly the first of its kind worldwide. Sweden’s one-house parliament adopted the legislation affecting people forced to undergo sexual sterilization under the Gender Recognition Act of 1972.

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  • Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    March 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    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 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.

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  • Transgender teens: New study ‘no surprise,’ says ethicist

    March 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Transgender teens: New study ‘no surprise,’ says ethicist

    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.

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  • BGCT: CBF decision driven by ‘biblical truth’

    February 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    BGCT: CBF decision driven by ‘biblical truth’

    The Baptist General Convention of Texas’ decision to stop forwarding churches’ contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship reflects a commitment to the biblical view of marriage, say the convention’s president and executive director.

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  • Parents lose custody of transgender teen

    February 21 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Parents lose custody of transgender teen

    An Ohio couple on 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.

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  • LGBT hiring policy highlights CBF factions

    February 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    LGBT hiring policy highlights CBF factions

    The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s (CBF) decision to lift its absolute ban of hiring homosexual and transgender individuals has drawn diverse reactions from within the Fellowship – and predictions that churches on both sides of the ideological spectrum could break ties with the CBF.

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  • Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues

    January 29 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues

    For two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been able to avoid the inevitable, but the justices will be asked 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.

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  • Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues

    December 13 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues

    Transgender people will be able to enlist in the U.S. military beginning Jan. 1, the Department of Defense announced Dec. 11. The announcement followed a federal judge’s ruling the same day that allowed a court order to remain in effect that blocked President Trump’s ban on transgender people in the armed forces.

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  • Transgender views follow religious divide, Pew says

    December 4 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Transgender views follow religious divide, Pew says

    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. Religious identification also affected a perception of whether the U.S. had gone too far in accepting transgender people, Pew said.

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  • Pew survey: Transgender views follow partisan divide

    November 10 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew survey: Transgender views follow partisan divide

    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. 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.

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