An Oregon judge ruled Friday that 52-year-old Army veteran Jamie Shupe, who does not identify as male or female, can legally choose to be "non-binary" or a "third sex."
"Male and female are the traditional categories, but they fail to properly categorize people like me. So I challenged that," Shupe told The Daily Dot.
Shupe who retired in 2000 as a sergeant first class in the Army, began transitioning in 2013 while living in Pittsburg. Shupe knew then that neither male nor female fit and now just prefers to be called the gender-neutral name Jamie, instead of a pronoun, according to Oregon Live. more >>
Canada's Supreme Court has declared that most sex acts between people and animals are legal, as long as no penetration is involved, in a controversial bestiality ruling that has been slammed by animal rights groups.
The Independent reported that the case involved a British Columbia man, identified as "DLW," who was convicted of 13 counts of sexually assaulting his stepdaughters, but was acquitted of bestiality — because he "only" forced dogs into oral sex, without penetration being involved. The man "smeared peanut butter on the genitals of his victims and had the family dog lick it off while he videotaped the act."
While a Canadian law passed in 1955 sought to punish bestiality, the Supreme Court argued that the definition of the word does not cover every sex act with an animal. more >>
A Bible-believing couple in Texas who sent their 17-year-old daughter to a Christian camp for therapy after she took a girl to her high school prom are now the targets of a massive campaign backed by her cousin, "Supergirl" actor Jeremy Jordan, seeking to overrule their decision.
According to local news station KENS 5, the girl identified only as Sarah, is also being supported by an aunt who hired Austin-based attorney Christine Andresen of the CHA Law Group, which is known for litigating LGBT cases.
Andresen told the San Antonio Express-News that she could not comment on an ongoing case which is set for a hearing in July, but said details of the situation highlighted in a viral GoFundMe campaign are "truthful." more >>
A Christian university in Canada is appealing a court ruling banning its accreditation because the school opposes homosexuality.
Trinity Western University argued before the British Columbia Court of Appeal on Wednesday that the province's Law Society should not ban the school from accreditation over its biblical stance on issues such as homosexuality.
TWU is being represented in part by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Higher Education Canada. This is because the university is an affiliate of the EFC and a member of the CHEC, according to EFC President Bruce Clemenger. more >>
Tyler Perry is known more for creating plays, television shows and films than social commentary.
Still, that didn't stop him from speaking out against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman who fatally shot 17-year-old black teenager Trayvon Martin near his Sanford, Florida, home in 2012, and was not found guilty. After Zimmerman auctioned off the gun that he used to kill the unarmed black teenager for $138,000, Perry spoke out against the act.
"I don't understand people that are that low, I don't get it, I can't even think that low…I think it would take someone who could do that and profit from it to think that," Perry, who appears in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows," said in a Global Grind interview. "What I do know is this, every bit of darkness that he puts out is going to find its way back into his life." more >>
No, this is not satire. An Ohio judge decided that a Catholic man had to pay his debt to society in the most ecclesiastical way possible: by attending worship at a Baptist church.
Judge William Mallory of the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati sentenced 23-year-old Jake Strotman to attend worship at a Baptist church for 12 consecutive Sundays.