See more stories here. DENVER -- A Colorado House bill that makes it easier for transgender individuals to change their birth certificates to reflect their gender designation passed committee Wednesday and will move to the house floor.
House Bill , sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Sen. Currently, transgender persons in Colorado who have successfully gone through the court system have only one option: an amended birth certificate.
This bill would require the state to issue a new birth certificate rather than just an amended one. Additionally, HB would give persons who identify as transgender a more accessible path to changing those documents.
A court order for a legal name change to obtain a new birth certificate with a change in gender designation would no longer be required under the proposed bill. A statement from a professional medical or mental health provider would suffice.
Proponents of the bill call the measure an important move to legitimize people people who feel their gender identity does not match their assigned gender at birth. They also argue the measure will help end discrimination of transgender and non-binary individuals.
Mark Baisley, R-Teller County, told the committee he struggles with the idea of changing historical face, even if a person's gender status may have changed later in life. Senate Republicans have killed similar legislation for three years at the State Capitol, but with Democrats in control of both the state House and Senate, many believe this year is the year the bill will pass. The Archdiocese of Denver also said it opposes the bill but is focusing its lobbying efforts on other legislation it supports and opposes.
Would you like to receive local news notifications on your desktop? The bill would require a person applying for a new birth certificate that incorporates such changes to provide the following to the state registrar:. The bill would not require the person applying for a new birth certificate to include a court order authorizing the name change.
A person who has been finally convicted of a felony offense subject to the sex offender registration program would not be eligible to apply for a new birth certificate, but they may petition for a change of name. When issuing a new birth certificate, the state registrar would be required to incorporate the change of name and sex and attach to the birth certificate a change of name and sex certificate.
The bill would require the department to prescribe a form for applying for a new birth certificate which must:. This bill would allow transgender people to avoid going through the courts in order to obtain a birth certificate that properly displays their gender identity.
February 3, Retrieved June 21, Hodges established that equal protection requires all jurisdictions to recognize same-sex marriages , giving transgender people the right to marry regardless of whether their partners are legally considered to be same-sex or opposite-sex. Carroll v. Upon receipt of notice of an annulment or revocation of adoption, the original certificate shall be restored to its place in the files and the new certificate and evidence of adoption shall not be subject to inspection except upon order of a probate court or the Superior Court. In September , a California state court denied the request of a California inmate, Lyralisa Stevens, for sex reassignment surgery at the state's expense.
However, continuing to require proof of treatment is still discriminatory. News Law and Policy. Nov 6, pm Ally Boguhn.
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