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Calif. bill threatens Bible-based therapy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- A proposed law in California could outlaw helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender-identity confusion. If passed, the bill, introduced last month by Assemblyman Evan Low, would be the most expansive ban on therapy related to sexual orientation and gender in the country. Other bans across the country restrict the practice of licensed therapists, but this law would label as fraudulent any message that aligns with the Biblical view of sexuality and gender.

Same-sex couples fight citizenship battle

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Two same-sex couples filed lawsuits last week against the U.S. State Department, arguing it unlawfully discriminated against them by denying their children U.S. citizenship. The cases join a host of others involving reproductive technology and same-sex parenting working their way through the U.S. court system. Since the Supreme Court's 2015 Obergefell decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right, LGBT advocates have been pushing back against laws that uphold the biological reality that every child is the genetic offspring of just one man and one woman ...

Transgender students win legal battles

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Two schools accused of discrimination against transgender students recently resorted to payout settlements and policy changes. The settlements do not bode well for schools that maintain traditional policies on gender, gender transitions, and restroom use. Nova Classical Academy, a charter school in St. Paul, Minn., agreed on Aug. 7 to adopt a far-reaching gender inclusion policy and pay a child's parents $120,000. The agreement ended a 16-month legal battle initiated in 2016 by David and Hannah Edwards, the parents of a then-kindergartener who was born a boy but wanted to identify as a girl.

From baby mice to designer humans?

Ethicists warn about the moral and legal implications of creating eggs from other cells in the body.

Tenn. sued over spousal definitions

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Four married lesbian couples in Tennessee are fighting a new state law they say denies their parental rights. The couples, each expecting a baby this year, filed a lawsuit last week against a law mandating that undefined words in state statutes be interpreted to have "natural and ordinary" meanings. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed the measure into law May 5. Advocates say the simple law mandates words in state legal codes not be ...

France rejects a third gender category

PARIS (BP) -- 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.

LGBT education pushed for British toddlers

Britain's largest teachers' union thinks toddlers should be included in expanded compulsory LGBT education programs.

German family continues fight to homeschool

A German family punished for homeschooling their children has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Irish court: Christian bakers must bake pro-gay cake

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (BP) -- A Northern Ireland appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Christian-run bakery accused of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake supporting gay marriage. A ruling by a three-judge appeals panel has upheld a 2015 decision by a lower court finding Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Norway allows children to legally change gender

NORWAY (BP) -- Norwegians as young as 6 can now legally change their gender using an online form -- without a doctor's approval, counseling, or surgery.