You can't make it up, folks. I dare you to even try.
· Jan 5, 2023 ·

It's just perfect. It's a masterpiece. The chef's kiss to end all chef's kisses:

A cisgender man in Ecuador legally changed his gender to female in an attempt to gain custody of his two daughters. But LGBTQ groups are concerned about the man's use of a law designed to promote transgender rights, and what effect it could have in the future.

Ohhh really? They're afraid an opportunistic fellow might use transgender laws to pretend to be a woman in order to give himself a positional advantage of some kind?


You mean it's possible that might happen???

The funniest thing is, you can sort of understand where this guy's coming from:

René Salinas Ramos, 47, told local media that the change was not related to his sexuality or identity, but rather that the Ecuadorian legal system gives preferable rights to mothers over fathers when it comes to the custody of children.

"The laws say that the one who has the right is the woman. As of this moment, I am female. Now I'm also a mom, that's how I consider myself," Salinas Ramos told La Voz del Tomebamba outside the Civil Registry office on December 30 in the city of Cuenca. "I am very sure of my sexuality. What I have sought is that I want to be a mother, so that I can also give the love and protection of a mother."

Salinas Ramos alleged that his daughters live in an abusive environment with their mother and that he hasn't seen his children in over five months.

You always have to take claims like this with a grain of salt, but if this fellow's kids are indeed in an "abusive environment," you have to give him some credit for utilizing a ridiculous legal loophole to try and protect them.

That's being clever and resourceful — just the things a protective father should be.

The man is apparently not wrong about Ecuadorian law, by the way. From a British law firm:

If the parties are unable to agree to child arrangements the court will decide matters, however minor children are usually considered to be the primary responsibility of the mother and will live with her. As a result the mother normally retains the right to remain in the family home following divorce – at least until the children reach the age of 18.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. Such a shame that transgender activists have to be so discomfited in the process!

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