November 2012 Church & State | AU Bulletin


An Oklahoma county judge has denied name-change requests by men planning sex-change operations, saying that allowing them to have feminine names would be going against the Bible and science

District Judge Bill Graves has so far denied two name-change requests, one last year and one in August, The Oklahoman reported.

Graves said he is opposed to the name-change requests in part  because he believes people cannot change their gender.

He also cited biblical grounds, The Oklahoman reported.

“To grant name change in this case would be to assist that which is fraudulent,” Graves wrote. “It is notable that Genesis 1:27-28 states: ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female he created them.’ The DNA code shows God meant for them to stay male and female.” 

The newspaper noted that five other Oklahoma county judges who deal with name-change requests said they have no issue with changes for people who are undergoing sex reassignment surgery.