Either grant transgender name changes or resign as judge
  • Petitioned Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves

This petition was delivered to:

Oklahoma County District Judge
Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves

Either grant transgender name changes or resign as judge

    1. James M. Branum
    2. Petition by

      James M. Branum

      Oklahoma City, OK

According to this story from The Oklahoman (http://newsok.com/oklahoma-judge-refuses-to-let-men-planning-sex-change-operations-have-feminine-names/article/3710063), Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves has refused to allow two Male-to-female transgendered people to change their names.

Judge Graves said in a recent order that "“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. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth ...' The DNA code shows God meant for them to stay male and female.”

Judge Graves has no right to make his ruling on constitutionally prohibited religious grounds. His actions are a violation of due process, equal protection and the First Amendment.

If Judge Graves is unwilling to follow the law, he should resign from office.

Updated on 9-16-2012: The full text of Judge Graves' order can be found here: http://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/documents/nolan1.pdf 

Recent signatures


    1. We need to keep the heat on Judge Graves!

      James M. Branum
      Petition Organizer

      We have a good number of signatures but we need many more if we are going to pressure transphobic Judge Bill Graves to leave office. Please get the word out about this petititon on facebook, twitter and other social media. And please ask your friends and family to sign it if you haven't already done so.

      Yours in the cause of justice and equality,

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • C. Boyette SARASOTA, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I think we should go a step further and petition to have this bigot removed from office. I also feel we should be petitioning to have that "doctor"'s medical license revoked as he clearly does not understand transgender people. It is one thing for a layperson to not understand, but a medical professional? And a judge who thinks that a NAME change should be denied on the basis that one's DNA cannot be changed is RIDICULOUS. It would have been one thing if this individual was petitioning the court to have the GENDER marker on her driver's license or other state-issued ID, then, FINE, he could have made a stink about that being fraudulent because she is pre-op, but your NAME has nothing to do with your DNA. Any fool can understand that.

      • almost 2 years ago

      Judge Graves is clearly not suited to be a Judge and he does not understand that the Western World including the USA is not exclusively Christian anymore not to mention he isn't all that familiar with Gender Reassignment surgeries.

      There is a very good reason why religion and politics are seperate in the Western World.

      If Judge Graves won't do his job then he should resign and make room for someone who will.

    • Weldon Starling LA UNION, NM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Anybody should be able to change their name.

    • Lynn Faulkner COLUMBUS, NM
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is outrageous that people have to spend thousands of dollars to do what a non-transgender person could do as a matter of course. This Judge is a disgrace to the bench. Where is the ACLU?

      • almost 2 years ago

      So many of the people I love are transgender, they should be treated no differently and their name changes are very important to them.


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