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LaBarbera Award: Judge Bill Graves

Jim Burroway

June 5th, 2008

LaBarbera AwardWe’ve got another winner. It has recently come to light that Oklahoma Judge Bill Graves objected to proposed changes to the state Code of Judicial Conduct regarding sexual orientation.

In an April 8 letter to the Oklahoma Bar Association, Graves objects that the new code would prohibit him from refusing to award custody and adoption cases if a parent were gay. Graves also objecsd to the gender and ethnicity clauses as well, leaving us to wonder exactly which century he’s living in.

But this is Judge Graves’ award-winning argument against the homosexuals:

“Sexual orientation” would protect pedophiles, polygamists and homosexuals who practice anal sodomy, defined in state law as “the detestable and abominable crime against nature,” the judge wrote.

Judge Bill GravesThat’s right. Judge Graves is spreading the same old tired, disproved canard that homosexuality is linked to pedophilia. That, coupled with his refusal to consider gay parents fit to raise their own children, leaves us wondering about his capacity to dispense justice.

The long-suffering citizens of Oklahoma have another embarrassing wingnut on their hands again, and we have another LaBarbera Award winner. Sadly, it’s beginning to appear as if the two go hand in hand. Congratulations Judge Graves.



June 5th, 2008 | LINK

Oh, good grief. PLEASE do not think all we Oklahomans agree with this.

June 5th, 2008 | LINK

“‘Sexual orientation’ would protect pedophiles, polygamists and homosexuals who practice anal sodomy”

So, he doesn’t have a problem with pedophiles and polygamists who do not practice anal sodomy then?


Jim Burroway
June 5th, 2008 | LINK

I happen to know that Tulsa is a very cool and LGBT-friendly city.

June 5th, 2008 | LINK

How does a judge who does not know current law or understand the concepts of consent and separation of church and state get to remain a judge?

He is basically stating that because of his personal religious beliefs, he wants to retain the right to tear a child away from his/her family for no other reason except homosexuality. First we have to cater to fundie pharmacists who can’t do their jobs, and now this?

He also implies that the law would protect pedophiles, which is disingenuous at best; propaganda from the bench. This is our legal system?


David C.
August 30th, 2012 | LINK

Well I know this is 2012 and this post is 2008. But My girlfriend and I just came from his courtroom he rejected her plea for a name change shes a transgender pre op and was seeking a more feminine name he refused on his own personal beliefs. This wasted a lot of our time and money. Not to mention was embarrassing. I hope to see him out of his position.

Priya Lynn
August 30th, 2012 | LINK

Sorry to hear that David. I know I’d have been very upset if the provincial government had refused my request for a name change, not to mention that that was a requirement to get consent for surgery.

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