Written evidence submitted by Mr David Kerley [GRA1770]

 

The Gender Recognition Act 2004

Call for evidence

In July 2018 the Government opened a consultation on how best to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004. In September 2020, the Minister for Women and Equalities set out the Government’s proposals, in response to this consultation:

The Government said it would:

·       Place the whole procedure online

·       Reduce the fee from £140 to a “nominal amount”.

·       Open at least three new gender clinics this year in order to reduce waiting lists.

 

Wider issues concerning transgender equality and current legislation:

 

 

This is a response from Christians, my wife and myself.  More than half the English population identifies as Christian.

As Christians, we believe the Bible is the word of God.  The Bible states that we are made in the image of God as male or female (Genesis 1:27 - "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them"). 

 

We recognise that some people may feel that they should have been born in the opposite sex, but this may be transient leading to a wish to return to normality in the future.  Also, we understand that research among teenagers has indicated that these feelings are often linked to other mental issues.

 

To change one's legal status as man or woman is a very serious step.  Much more serious when physical intervention is made to the body which God gave at conception and birth. In life, we have to take some steps very seriously even when they are in accordance with God's word, the Bible. Examples include marriage and preparation for death by making a will,  These steps require legal documentation and also some expenditure. 

 

In the light of these facts, we wish to state that a change in status from male to female or vice versa should not be undertaken lightly. 

 

Therefore, we do not believe there should be further loosening of the legal requirements beyond what the Government is proposing.

 

November 2020