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Georgia Passes Pro-LGBT Bill Allowing Non-Biological Same-Sex ‘Parent’ Custody Rights

Georgia’s House Bill 543, the last bill to win legislative approval during the Peach State’s legislative session, might have flown under the radar largely unnoticed by the majority of Georgians but not the LGBT community.

Ryan Lee of Georgia Voice, a pro-LGBT news outlet, said, “When Gov. Kemp signed the bill into law May 6, Georgia quietly became a national leader in protecting LGBTQ parents.”

The new law, which was approved with near-unanimous votes in both chambers and signed by Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp, will allow any person, including the non-biological “parent” in a same-sex marriage, to petition a superior court judge for custody rights if he or she can show proof of a “permanent, unequivocal, committed and responsible parental role in the child’s life.”

How did the state miss the real meaning behind this bill? Writing for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jim Galloway says that the bill’s relevance to LGBT parents never came up in committee hearings or floor debate. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, who teaches family law at Emory University School of Law, said, “I think people knew this was going to help a [small] number of people—and some of those people were gay people—who had been functioning in reality as parents. But I don’t think there was interest in making that issue a public talking point.”

The law goes into effect July 1.

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Science Teacher Comes Out as ‘Transgender’ Via Video to Elementary Students

Science teacher Mark “Vince” Busenbark of Frank Allis Elementary School in Madison, Wis., was given permission by school administrators to show his “transgender coming out” video to all the K-5th grade students in the school on May 16. The video was shown without prior parental consent and without the option to exempt chidren from watching the video.

Busenbark revealed himself as the new persona “Vica Steel,” asked students to call him by the title “Mx,” and to refer to him by using the pronouns “they,” “them,” and “their.” He also read this from the book They Call Me Mix by Lourdes Rivas: “Are you a boy? Or a girl? How can you be both? Some days I am both. Some days I am neither. Most days, I am everything in between.” Sadly, Busenbark has a wife, Stella Steel, whose last name he will now be using.

Liberty Counsel is looking into whether the video violated the school district’s policy that says “all instruction should be age-appropriate, medically accurate, non-stigmatizing, and inclusive for all students.”

In a statement, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel said, “It is outrageous that school administrators would allow a male science teacher to expose children to propaganda that promotes confusion about basic biology, and to instruct students to address him by a false name, title and pronouns.”

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World Health Organization Redefines ‘Transgender’ Condition

The World Health Organization is no longer labeling “transgenderism” as a mental illness in its latest International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, which was approved at the end of May. What used to be termed “gender identity disorder” will now be referred to as “gender incongruence” and will now be found in the sexual health chapter instead of the chapter on mental disorders.

A WHO representative explained, “We had a better understanding that this was not actually a mental health condition, and leaving it there was causing stigma.”

According to ICD-11, “Gender incongruence is characterized by a marked and persistent incongruence between an individual’s experienced gender and the assigned sex.” The term is the same as “gender dysphoria” used by the American Psychiatric Association.

The WHO’s latest reclassification has been met with both praise from the LGBT supporting Human Rights Watch and frustration from a group of trans activists who don’t think the definition is progressive enough.

As of now, countries have until 2022 to conform to the WHO changes.

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Aussie Rugby Star Promotes Bible, Loses Career

Australian rugby star Israel Folau lost a $4 million contract last Friday when an appeals tribunal upheld Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate Folau’s contract after he posted a biblically-based comment on Instagram warning different types of sinners about the reality of hell as well as proclaiming the love of Jesus.

Folau explained, “As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression. The Christian faith has always been a part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word.”

However, Rugby Australia saw the 30-year-old’s words as violating its code of conduct, since it is also a founding member of Pride in Sport, a program that promotes LGBT lifestyles in athletics. The rugby league asked Folau to take down the post or risk losing his contract.

Folau not only refused to take down the post, but also refused the league’s $1 million settlement. He is considering bringing a lawsuit.

Earlier this month, both Land Rover and Asics pulled their partnerships with Folau after the Instagram post. Folau could be the first Australian athlete dismissed for expressing fundamental religious beliefs.

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Equality Act Passes in U.S. House

The U.S. House, controlled by Democrats, passed the Equality Act by a vote of 236-173.

“This is an all-out assault on parental rights, on the family, and on the millions of people of faith in this country,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in an emailed press statement released shortly after today’s passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The act now heads to the U.S. Senate, and if signed into law, would change the 1965 Civil Rights Act by making “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected classes. Since there is no religious objection exemption for these two new categories, religious organizations or businesses with strong religious beliefs and convictions about human sexuality that conflict with this new sexual agenda will be forced to accept it. It would change the landscape of public, multi-person spaces like restrooms and locker rooms, as well as team sports and sex education programs in our public schools in order to make way for “transgendered” individuals.

This is how your Tennessee congressmen voted today: Voting against the bill were Republicans David “Phil” Roe of District 1, “Chuck” Fleischmann of District 3, Republican Scott DesJarlais of District 4, John Rose of District 6, Republican Mark Green of District 7, and Republican David Kustoff of District 8. Republican Tim Burchett of District 2 did not vote. Voting for the bill were Democrats Jim Cooper of District 5 and Steve Cohen of District 9.

If you are concerned about this act and want to make your voice heard, contact your U.S. senator.

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