Religious Right’s Latest Lunacy: Change the Constitution to Eliminate ‘Myth’ of Trans People
Christian conservative activists have staked out a possibly new front in the culture wars by suggesting a constitutional amendment to regulate gender identity.
Peter Sprigg and former NFL player Craig James, who are spokesmen for the Family Research Council, said Monday on the “Washington Watch” radio program that transgender rights were the next battlefield in the religious right’s ongoing battle with LGBT people, reported Right Wing Watch.
“I think the ideal policy for government with respect to [transgender rights] is that your sex is your biological sex,” Sprigg said. “My view is, that if your biological sex is unambiguous at birth — if your internal sex organs, your external genitalia, and your chromosomal makeup all are unequivocal in declaring you to be of one sex – then that is your sex for life, and that is your only sexual identity that the government will recognize.”
Sprigg, an ordained Baptist minister who has previously suggested homosexual behavior should be outlawed, complained that state and local governments have caved in to transgender advocates.
“Unfortunately, we never codified [gender norms], and I think a lot of states just kind of through erosion, through response to pressure from the transgender movement, have gotten to the point where they, first of all, recognize sex changes in terms of people’s identity documents,” Sprigg said. “But now, they’re going further and actually punishing people who also don’t affirm this myth, this fiction, that people can change their sex.”
James, who was fired from a broadcasting job with Fox Sports Southwest over anti-LGBT comments he made during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign, suggested that conservatives move to ban gender reassignment through a constitutional amendment.
“Might Congress — might there be a need for us to have a constitutional movement, an amendment, to identify a person’s sex: It is what you are at birth?” said James, a former star running back for Southern Methodist University.