The case, U.S. v. Varner, pitted Reagan nominee Judge Jerry E. Smith and Trump nominee Judge S. Kyle Duncan in the panel majority, against Clinton nominee Judge James L. Dennis as the lone dissenter. What made the opinion particularly fascinating was that Duncan’s majority opinion used male pronouns, whereas Dennis’ dissent used female pronouns.
(link) On Wednesday, a divided panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled, in 2–1 fashion, that a transgender litigant — a biological male who suffers from gender dysphoria and subjectively feels that he is a female — cannot require a court to address him using female pronouns.
“No authority supports the proposition that we may require litigants, judges, court personnel, or anyone else to refer to gender-dysphoric litigants with pronouns matching their subjective gender identity.”
In a nutshell: You may have favorite pronouns to describe your biological identity but the court doesn’t care.
In life, one may hate a father, trample a flag, mock Christ, lust for a sister, rejoice at seeing a Muslim woman lashed to death for removing her headscarf, and so on. But you can’t force people to refer to you in a gender specific way that does not match your genetic code. Not anymore.