California to allow gender-neutral birth certificate

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California becomes the first state to allow gender-neutral birth certificates and driver’s licenses, an official said.

It was reported that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a state Senate bill, in which the government has agreed to allow a gender-neutral marker on birth certificates and driver’s licenses which will start from 2019.

It is believed that the California becomes the first state in the US to allow gender-neutral birth certificates.

Sen. Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat said, “I have dear friends in San Diego and around the state who have been waiting a long time for this”.

The bill reads “Existing law authorizes a person who was born in this state and who has undergone clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition to obtain a new birth certificate from the State Registrar”.

Toni Atkins, State senator, who co-sponsored the bill said, “I want to thank Governor Brown for recognizing how difficult it can be for our transgender, nonbinary, and intersex family members, friends, and neighbors when they don’t have an ID that matches their gender presentation,”

The non-binary gender refers to all categories for gender identification which is not exclusively belonging to male or female.

It was discovered that the law passes by the government which was later published on the government website, made easier for people to change their gender identity on official documents.

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