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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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  • California bill already impacting religious expression

    May 10 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    California bill already impacting religious expression

    The California state legislature’s latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity appears to have claimed its first casualty. Citing concerns over possible legal repercussions from a pending bill, Colorado-based Summit Ministries has canceled a summer conference at Biola University in the Los Angeles area.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 10 most significant cultural issues in 2017

    December 28 2017 by Biblical Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    10 most significant cultural issues in 2017

    Biblical Recorder staff collected the top ten cultural issues from 2017, including Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Baptist groups aiding immigrants and refugees, and a study showing an alarming increase in the number of “deaths of despair” among white, middle-aged, blue-collar Americans.

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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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  • California embraces gender identity laws

    October 27 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    California embraces gender identity laws

    The California legislature was a battleground for gender identity issues this year. Four landmark gender bills passed the state Senate and Assembly by the time the session ended Sep. 15, and California Gov. Jerry Brown signed all four this month.

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  • Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

    October 19 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

    California Gov. Jerry Brown approved a bill Oct. 15 that adds a third gender option on official state identification documents for those who opt to be considered “nonbinary.” Brown also vetoed a measure that threatened religious liberty.

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  • Resolution on a Biblical Stance on Human Sexuality and Marriage

    The resolution on sexuality and marriage calls N.C. Baptists to “commit to pray for our neighbors who identify themselves as homosexual and transgender, to minister to them with Christ’s love, and, as they repent, to help them grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.”

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  • Evangelicals counter ‘agree to disagree’ sexuality

    August 30 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelicals counter ‘agree to disagree’ sexuality

    A coalition of evangelical leaders, including about 70 Southern Baptists, has issued a statement on biblical sexuality countering the idea that Christians “should agree to disagree” in their views of homosexual practice and transgenderism. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood announced Aug. 29 the release of The Nashville Statement.

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  • France rejects a third gender category

    May 17 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    France rejects a third gender category

    France’s highest court has rejected the notion of a “neutral” gender. The ruling upheld a lower court’s decision denying a French citizen with a sex development disorder the right to use “neutral” as an official gender. The plaintiff was assigned male at birth despite having intersex genitalia.

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  • Too young to cross a street but old enough for a sex change

    May 10 2017 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Too young to cross a street but old enough for a sex change

    A new research study conducted at the University of Iowa has determined children younger than 14 do not possess the cognitive skills and judgement to safely cross a street. The American Academy of Pediatrics published an excerpt of the study in its Daily Briefing, a nod some physicians found ironic, given the organization’s support for transgender treatment.

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  • NCAA, ACC challenged by N.C. over HB 2 lobbying

    March 17 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NCAA, ACC challenged by N.C. over HB 2 lobbying

    With March Madness in full swing, Republican state legislators in North Carolina are alleging the NCAA and the ACC violated their federal tax-exempt status by attempting to provoke a repeal of the Tar Heel State’s transgender restroom law. GOP state Rep. Mark Brody filed the Athletic Associations Accountability Act in the state legislature.

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