Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Murray State will become the first Kentucky university to provide insurance coverage for sex-change operations. The school recently announced that beginning on Jan. 1, 2017 their insurance policies will cover gender transition therapy and surgeries—actually they call it gender affirmation surgery. Faculty and staff will be provided with this new benefit which university officials say is mandated by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Now, the university comes from the idea that out of diversity— there must be unity. Universities once pursued truth and provided a moral framework by which people and nations should be grounded. The latest move by Murray State undermines all of this. Instead of having a reference point for truth and health, a reference point for right and wrong, an individual's desire has become the highest good. Needless to say, this isn't good for individuals or the university.