California lawmakers have introduced a bill that will add a third gender option on state IDs.
According to ABC News, Democrat State Senator Toni Atkins has introduced SB 179, which would add a “non-binary” gender option for official IDs such as driver’s licenses and birth certificates.
Atkins said the bill will also make it easier for someone to change their gender on official documents.
The bill will not require a doctor’s sworn statement regarding the gender request and will also allow minors to change their gender on birth certificates.
“As a person who identifies as transgender and is non-binary, this piece of legislation is important to me on a personal level,” Jo Michael, who works with Equality California, said in a press conference. “For the first time, Californians could have accurate gender markers that truly reflect who we are.”
In other words, the LGBT community does not believe one’s “natural makeup” is a “gender marker.” But the California Family Council, a conservative Christian group, disagrees.
“We believe government documents need to reflect biological facts for identification and medical purposes,” CEO Jonathan Keller said in a statement on SB 179. “Laws like this will simply erase any meaningful gender definitions, if being male or female is completely divorced from biological facts.”
H/T: ABC News
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