Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves is no fan of sex-change operations. He’s holding those sentiments against people who’ve undergone the procedure, or who plan to do so, and also want to change their names.
Graves has rejected two name-change requests, saying they were made for fraudulent purposes. He contends that people can’t really change their gender because their DNA remains the same, so in essence they’re perpetrating a fraud. “If you’re born male, you stay male, according to the study I’ve done on DNA,” Graves told The Oklahoman. “If you’re born female, you stay female.”
Fine, but Graves is clearly reaching when he cites a state law that allows judges to deny name-change requests if they’re sought “for illegal or fraudulent purposes.” Instead he appears to be allowing his moral aversion to transgender cases to rule the day.