Law & Order

Judge Rules People Can Choose What Gender Is On Birth Certificate


A federal judge ruled last week that Ohio must allow “corrections” on birth certificates issued by the state from one’s biological sex to a chosen gender.

Judge Michael Watson, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled on the case based on a lawsuit filed by three women and one man seeking to pick the gender opposite of their biological sex.

Watson said not allowing people to pick what sex is on their birth certificate is “nothing more than thinly veiled post-hoc rationales to deflect from the discriminatory impact of the policy.”

“This is truly a victory for the LGBT community, in every aspect,” Stacie Ray, one of the four plaintiffs, said.

The court, in siding with the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Ohio and Lambda Legal, said the state’s birth certificate rule executed by the Ohio Department of Health and the Office of Vital Statistics is unconstitutional.

Ohio had argued the rule was necessary to prevent fraud and keep a historically accurate record of its people. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office told the Associated P… (Read more)

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