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Jason Evert joined the Made for Love podcast for a deep dive into gender discordance and gender theory, which turn out to be two very different phenomena. He shows how it's possible to genuinely care for people who identify as transgender without compromising on authentic Christian anthropology. Check out part one and part two of the interview.

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More Encouragement in Response to Gender Theory

Following last month's encouraging Washington Post poll of Americans' opinions regarding gender theory, new findings from the Public Religion Research Institute shows progress across the board since 2021. Republicans, Independents, and Democrats all became more likely to uphold the truth that there are only two sexes (though the poll used the more ambiguous term "gender").

The improvement was also apparent among Catholics, especially among Hispanic Catholics, who grew from less than half all the way up to two thirds believing the truth about the sexes.

Finally, there was a significant positive shift for young people, a majority of whom now agree with this basic tenet of Christian anthropology.

Correcting the Record on Catholic Education

The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon temporarily closed its Department of Catholic Schools to examine how its schools are integrated into the mission of the diocese. Earlier reports mistakenly attributed the closure to opposition to Archbishop Alexander Sample's January guidance on gender theory. That guidance and similar documents from dozens of dioceses are available in the Gender Theory section of our Resources page.

Legal/Policy Updates

Congress – Catholic members of Congress who support abortion published a letter on the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, claiming that their pro-choice stance is consistent with their faith. The USCCB president and two bishop chairmen issued a rebuttal, which strongly emphasized the incompatibility of the pro-choice position with Church teaching.

Supreme Court – In a victory for freedom of conscience, the Supreme Court ruled that a Colorado web designer could not be compelled by the state to create a wedding website for a same-sex couple. USCCB bishop chairmen issued a statement welcoming the decision.

Catholic Hospitals – Confusion arose over whether St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco was Catholic (it is not, despite the name) when it was discovered to be performing "Gender Affirming Care" (GAC). Due to its recent incorporation into a Catholic hospital system, it is required to observe the USCCB's Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs), which could be updated soon to exclude the procedures in question.

Courts – A Massachusetts court ruled that a school could discipline a student for wearing a shirt reading, "There Are Only Two Genders", seemingly discounting the student's First Amendment protections.

States – Judges partially blocked or struck down recently passed legislation banning GAC for minors in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Missouri passed and Louisiana's legislature advanced similar bills, while Texas passed and North Carolina's legislature advanced bills on sex-specific sports participation. Michigan passed a ban on "conversion therapy" and Arizona prohibited state support for the same misunderstood practice.

International – In a long-awaited ruling, Japan's Supreme Court upheld a ban on same-sex "marriage", disappointing LGBT activists. Conversely, Estonia gave equal legal recognition to same-sex relationships. The European Court of Human Rights ruled against Ukraine in its "discrimination" against same-sex couples wishing to marry.