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Doctor Says Revealing Baby’s Sex Might Be Traumatizing

Dr. Leena Nahata, a pediatric endocrinologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has sounded the alarm. She said that parents who announce the sex of their baby in a celebratory way might harm their child, who, as an adult, is confused about their sex. Dr. Nahata’s unconventional take on baby biology has been published in the November 2017 issue of Pediatrics.

Concerning Dr. Nahata’s non-scientifically based, skewed viewpoint, The Federalist’s Mary Hasson writes, “It’s really a rather remarkable thought process for a doctor . . . healthy parents who experience natural joy at realizing a profound truth about their child’s human identity (the child’s creation as male or female) need to tamp it down and get some re-education.”

As columnist Michael Brown explains, science reveals that biological sex is a reality; all you have to do is consider a new study that shows 6,500 genes out of 20,000 are biased toward one sex or another. So, parents should not worry about expressing the joy that their new son or daughter has brought to them.

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Update on the Jack Phillips Religious Liberty Case

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on behalf of Colorado baker Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Phillips declined to design a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple back in 2012 due to his Christian beliefs but was willing to sell the couple an already-made cake. According to Colorado officials, not designing a custom wedding cake violated a Colorado law that makes sexual orientation a protected class. Phillips was dragged into court.

Tuesday, Phillips said, “It’s hard to believe that the government is forcing me to choose between providing for my family and employees and violating my relationship with God. That is not freedom. That is not tolerance.”

The reaction of FACT’s president to the oral argument is the subject of today’s blog.

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Washington State Considers Non-Binary Designation on Birth Certificates

The Washington Department of Health held a public hearing this week on a proposed rule change that would allow a person to change the designation on his or her birth certificate from male or female to the non-binary designation of “X.” The rule already allows someone to change the sex designation from “male” to “female” or “female” to “male.” The proposed rule would only apply to the amendment of current birth certificates and could be adopted as early as December 19. It is unclear when it would then take effect.

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Tampa Nixes Counseling That Treats Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction

The City of Tampa has banned licensed professional counselors from helping clients reduce or eliminate their unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or identity with an ordinance that imposes stiff fines for those who disobey.

Liberty Counsel, representing two counselors, their minor clients, and their parents, has challenged the new ordinance on the basis that it violates the First Amendment rights of these counselors and the rights of their clients under the Florida Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, which permits counselors and clients to confer on treatment methods that they both believe will be in the patient’s best interest. “The Tampa law is a gross intrusion into the fundamental rights of counselors and minors, and represents government intrusion into the sacrosanct relationship between a counselor and the client,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

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No Same-Sex Benefits in Texas

In what could lead to a significant decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it would not hear an appeal from the city of Houston of a Texas Supreme Court decision that effectively blocked the city from offering benefits to the same-sex spouse of municipal employees. The case began when then-Houston Mayor Annise Parker authorized taxpayer-subsidized benefits for the same-sex spouse of a municipal employee in violation of Texas law at the time regarding same-sex “marriages.” However, by the time the case was heard by the Texas Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Obergefell case, held that states that license marriages must also issue licenses to same-sex couples. The Texas appeals court ruled that providing the employee benefits was required by Obergefell. The Texas Supreme Court stated that Obergefell did not automatically require a state to confer on same-sex couples the same employee benefits it provided to opposite-sex couples. The Texas Supreme Court then sent the case back to the trial court to decide how Obergefell applies to benefits. Though the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Texas Supreme Court, expect the case to return there in a couple of years.

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