A Oklahoma judge has refused to grant a name-change request by a resident transitioning from male to female, claiming the update would be “fraudulent” since she would still be male on a genetic level.
According to NewsOK, James Dean Ingram’s request to be identified as Angela Renee Ingram was denied late last month. “It’s so important because it’s who I am,” said Ingram after the ruling. “I can’t be who I am with a male name. Soon as I was out of the courtroom I collapsed and started to cry … never before have I wanted more to kill myself.”
Judge Bill Graves denied a similar request last year. In his brief, he said he turned down the application because the DNA of a person in transition doesn’t change:
“A so-called sex-change surgery can make one appear to be the opposite sex, but in fact they are nothing more than an imitation of the opposite sex.
Here, petitioner has not even had the surgery by which his sex purports to be changed. Thus, based on the foregoing and the DNA evidence, a sex change cannot make a man a woman or a woman a man all of which, the Court finds is sufficient in and of itself to deny petitioner’s request for a name change. To grant a name change in this case would be to assist that which is fraudulent,”
“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 created he them… The DNA code shows God meant for them to stay male and female.”
What the what? DNA as proving the existence of God? How do they pick judges in Oklahoma—whoever catches the most possums with their teeth?
Regardless of Judge Graves’ opinion on who is male and who is female, people generally have the right to be called whatever they want for whatever reason: If Chad Javon Johnson can change his name to the linguistically incorrect “Chad Ochocinco” and violence-prone baller Ron Artest can go by “Metta World Peace,” this seems way out of line.
Not convinced? Here are some other interesting monikers that got the green light:
* “Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spider-Man Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.” (formerly George Garrett)
* “Dr. Mclovin” (formerly Kurt Anthony Raybould)
* “Han Solo” (formerly Dominic James McCathy Kimberley)
* “Addidas Nike” (formerly Johnathan Thomas)