DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - The internet exploded with support for a Texas father after a jury decided he could not protect his son from being sexually assaulted by his mother.
On Monday a 12-person jury in Dallas decided Jeff Younger could have no authority to stop his ex-wife Anne Georgoulias from transitioning their 7-year-old son, James, to a girl named "Luna."
But on Wednesday, Judge Kim Cooks decided that Younger will retain his parental rights over James, having some authority in James' treatment for alleged gender dysphoria and not requiring him to pay attorney's fees.
The judge, however, put a gag order on Younger, preventing him from speaking to the press and directing that his webpage SaveJames.com be shut down. As of press time, it has been taken down.
Men's rights activist, Paul Elam, tells Church Militant, "Judge Cooks' decision to gag Younger is standard for fathers in family court facing injudicious treatment. These courts have overwhelming power to abridge basic constitutional rights, which they do regularly in order to silence their victims."
There's been an outpouring of support on social media for Younger and James, including Texas governor Greg Abbott who responded to the jury's decision, announcing the situation is "being looked into" by the Texas Attorney General's Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Texas Republican Matt Krause tweeted:
Absent a special session between now & the the 87th Session, I will introduce legislation that prohibits the use of puberty blockers in these situations for children under 18. We missed our opportunity to do so in the 86th Session. We won’t miss the next one. #savejamesyounger https://t.co/BpbGDPwujZ— Matt Krause (@RepMattKrause) October 24, 2019
Senator Ted Cruz responded, "This is horrifying & tragic. For a parent to subject such a young child to life-altering hormone blockers to medically transition their sex is nothing less than child abuse." He said further, "A 7-year-old child doesn't have the maturity to make profound decisions like this. The state of Texas should protect this child's right to choose — as an informed, mature person — and not be used as a pawn in a left-wing political agenda."
Doctor Jennifer Roback Morse, head of the pro-family Ruth Institute, maintains, "The case is not just about transgenderism. It is also about divorce."
She asserts it's also about third-party reproduction because James and his brother Jude who were conceived with a donor's egg are not genetically related to Georgoulias.
"People who are determined to have a child at all costs sometimes develop serious control issues. The child becomes a project of one parent or the other." Morse continues, "That appears to be the case here, with the mother so controlling that she wants to force her son to live as her 'daughter.'"
Younger revealed in an interview on Wednesday that "James is trying to basically make his parents love him, and he's doing whatever it takes for his parents to love him. He dresses as a girl because he wants his mother to love him."
Doctor Warren Farrell, author of The Boy Crisis, tells Church Militant, "The reason a child has a parent is to help the child make life-altering decisions that are in their best interest after they become an adult, not at the age of seven."
Farrell notes, "The fact that a jury originally ruled 11-1 that the non-biological mom should have sole conservatorship speaks to the bias against dads among those selected for jury duty in the Dallas area."
Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire noted that James' first choice for an alternate name was "Starfire," but Georgulias encouraged him to change it to "Luna."
"It is striking that these painfully progressive parents, who want their children to have the 'freedom' to choose their own genders, still won't let them choose their own names," added Walsh.
"There’s a reason why 'trans kids' always have names like Luna, or Jazz, or Sky, or Parker, or something similarly ambiguous and trendy. Do we think 3 and 4-year-olds are hopping on Google to find out which unisex monikers are in fashion at the moment?"
Earlier in October it was reported that hundreds of so-called transgenders in the United Kingdom are regretting their gender reassignment surgery and taking themselves off hormone therapy.
Charlie Evans, the founder of the Detransition Advocacy Network, revealed: "I'm in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn't, and their dysphoria hasn't been relieved, they don't feel better for it."
President of the College of Pediatricians, Dr. Michelle Cretella, declares, "Individuals with disorders of sex development are being used as pawns in the fight for basically a civil right to a mental illness. There's no such thing as a civil right to a mental illness, but that is in fact what we are dealing with in the transgender rights movement."