New York state changes policy, allows minors to change sex on birth certificates

Mar 13, 2020 by

by Brandon Showalter, Christian Post:

The state of New York is now permitting minors who self-identify as something other than their biological sex to alter their birth certificates.

Officials in the Empire state announced this week that young people ages 16 and under who assert that they are transgender or nonbinary will be able to alter their sex marker on their birth certificate to reflect their “gender identity.” Medical affidavits are not required to make the change.

Proponents of the new policy hailed the move.

“The actions announced today rid the state of a discriminatory and outdated policy and keeps New York rightly among the states leading the country with policies that respect the lives of transgender people,” said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, senior attorney for Lambda Legal, calling the announcement a “victory.”

“It shouldn’t take a minor and his family suing the state to get their rights recognized, but with this announcement, New York state eliminates an outdated and unjust barrier to transgender minors’ ability to be themselves and have accurate, essential identity documents.”

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James said the policy change would take effect immediately.

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