Oklahoma governor signs ban on non-binary birth certificates 2022-04-26 17:36:43


Oklahoma City (AFP) – Oklahoma Governor Kevin State on Tuesday signed off on a bill explicitly banning the use of non-binary gender marks on state birth certificates, a ban that experts say is a first in the country.

The bill followed a flap last year on the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s agreement in a civil case that allows for a non-binary option. The birth certificate in this case was issued to an Oklahoma-born Oregon resident who filed a lawsuit after the agency initially denied the request. Non-binary people do not identify with traditional male or female tasks.

settlement news aroused anger Among Republicans, including State, who along with fellow conservatives in a number of GOP-led states participated in culture war On issues such as restricting LGBT rights and abortion rights driving the party’s base in an election year. Appointed by Stat to lead the agency quit suddenly The next day, then the governor immediately issued executive order Prevent any changes to a person’s gender on birth certificates, despite a settlement agreement. Its civil rights group Challenge the executive order In federal court, but the state has yet to respond.

Many states offer male or female-only gender options on birth certificates, but Oklahoma is the first to write non-binary bans into law, according to Lambda Legal, the civil rights group that sues Oklahoma.

Currently, 15 states and the District of Columbia specifically allow gender determination outside of male or female, according to the National Center for Gender Equality. This number will increase on July 1 when Vermont’s new law takes effect.

House Representative for the bill, Sheila Dills, said in a statement after the bill passed House last week. We want clarity and truth in official state documents. Information should be based on established medical facts and not an ever-changing social dialogue.”

In 2020 the people of Oklahoma elected the people of the nation The first publicly non-binary legislator In the country, Oklahoma City Democratic Representative Murray Turner, who said it was painful to have colleagues discriminate against those who are so diverse.

“I find an excessive and strange use of power in this body to write this law and try to pass it — when literally none of them live like us,” Turner tweeted the day the bill was discussed.

Republicans in conservative states across the country introduced several bills this year targeting transgender and non-binary people. Earlier this year, the governor of Oklahoma signed a bill Banning transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams, and one of these prohibitions has been signed into law across the country. Other conservative states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas, have passed laws banning gender-affirmation therapies for minors.

US Department of State recently announced It has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation, marking a milestone in recognizing the rights of people who do not identify as male or female, and expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year.

Doctors and scientists say Sex and gender are not the same thing something. While gender usually refers to anatomy, gender identity is more of an internal sense of being male or female or somewhere in between, regardless of physical anatomy, according to Dr. Jason Rafferty, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island. Lead author of transgender policy for the American Academy of Pediatrics.