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Canadian Transgender Boy Granted New Birth Certificate

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Transgender BoyA 12 year-old Alberta transgender boy has been granted a revised birth certificate in a historic move.

Queerty reports:

The certificate was publicly presented to Wren Kauffman as part of a pride brunch hosted by the city’s mayor — the result of a complaint Wren filed on behalf of the Alberta Human Rights Commission based on the inability to amend his listed sex. Before today, Alberta only allowed a person’s sex to be switched legally if gender reassignment had been performed, an outdated practice that was also shot down by a local judge who ruled that doing so violates the rights of transgender people.

Transgender rights are slowly (and rightfully) coming to the forefront.

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Germany: Third Gender Option Offered on Birth Certificates

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

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The German Government will allow parents to leave the gender of their child blank on the birth certificate. Pink News reports:

From November this year, Germany will become the first country in Europe to introduce a third option for assigning gender on birth certificates, giving parents the choice to leave the child’s gender indeterminate. Der Spiegel reports that, from 1 November, birth certificates in Germany will have the option of selecting “blank”, as well as “male” or “female”. Parents who use the “blank” option will allow for their offspring, such as those born with characteristics of both genders, to decide on their gender identity in later life, or to opt out of the gender binary altogether.

It’s a welcome step forward for children born with unclear genders, allowing time for the child to determine his or her gender. It also makes you wonder if people, especially in these situations, should even have to choose one or the other?

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USA, Washington DC: City Passes Transgender Birth Certificate Bill

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Transgender FlagWashington DC just made it a lot easier for our transgender brothers and sisters to change their sex on their birth certificates. Towleroad.com reports:

On Tuesday, District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray signed into law the country’s most trans-inclusive policy for updating birth certificates, one that transgender advocates hope will become a nationwide model in the near future. The Los Angeles Times details the new changes to D.C.’s birth certificate policy: The Washington measure eliminates requirements for surgery and a court order that, transgender rights attorney Lisa Mottet said, make it too expensive and inaccessible for most transgender people to complete a legal transition.

Marriage equality is slowly becoming just another unremarkable part of our society. Let’s hope being transgender follows the same path towards becoming a non-issue.

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Iowa, USA: State Supreme Court Rules in Landmark Gay Adoption Case

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

IowaThe Iowa state Supreme Court ruled that the state must issue birth certificates to same-sex couples showing both spouses as parents. Lambda Legal reports:

In the decision, Justice Wiggins wrote, “By naming the nonbirthing spouse on the birth certificate of a married lesbian couple’s child, the child is ensured support from that parent and the parent establishes fundamental legal rights at the moment of birth. Therefore, the only explanation for not listing the nonbirthing lesbian spouse on the birth certificate is stereotype or prejudice.”

“The Court meant what it said in the Varnum decision: same-sex couples and their families must be treated equally under the law,” said Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director in Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Office based in Chicago. “Same-sex couples and their children do not get marriage-lite. Marriage is marriage and equal is equal. We take for granted that a husband is the father of a child born to his wife through reproductive technology – regardless of whether he is his child’s genetic parent. The same marital protection for both parents’ relationships to their child holds true for same-sex couples and their children.”

Ironic that the GOP did everything they could to remove the justices who unanimously supported marriage equality. They were successful in a number of cases, and yet, once again, the Iowa Supreme Court has unanimously supported LGBT rights.

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Iowa, USA: Married Lesbian Couple Fights to Have Both Names on Birth Certificate

Monday, March 4th, 2013

IowaA married lesbian couple in Iowa wants to have both of their names listed on their child’s birth certificate. On Top Magazine reports:

In a landmark 2009 decision, the state’s highest court unanimously struck down the state’s law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. However, the Iowa Department of Public Health has refused to issue birth certificates listing married spouses of the same gender as the legal parents of newborn children. Heather and Melissa Gartner are one such couple. Despite being married, only Heather Gartner, their daughter’s biological mother, is listed on the birth certificate.

Good luck to the couple!

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US: Supreme Court Petitioned in Louisiana Birth Certificate Case

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Lambda Legal on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a same-sex couple seeking an accurate birth certificate for their Louisiana-born son whom they adopted in New York.

The state of Louisiana has refused to recognize the adoption and issue a birth certificate listing both fathers as the boy’s parents.

Lambda Legal represents Oren Adar and Mickey Smith in their case against Louisiana State Registrar Darlene Smith.

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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TX: Lesbian Marriage May Be Valid Because One Partner Was Technically Born Male

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

There’s a fascinating little case out of El Paso in which a male-to-female transgender person is seeking to marry another woman. The Texas Tribune reports that the El Paso county attorney is requesting an opinion from AG Greg Abbott about whether the trans woman can marry another woman, given that the trans woman was technically born a male.

Now I’m no expert, but I do believe that in the infamous 1999 case of Littleton v. Prange, a Texas appeals court refused to recognize a marriage between a man and a male-to-female transsexual, saying that you have to go by the birth certificate of the trans person.

But according to the Tribune, lawmakers changed the Family Code in 2009 to allow a sex-change court order to nullify a birth certificate for the purpose of marriage licenses. And it would certainly seem to me that the bottom line here is, you can’t have it both ways.

Full Story from the Dallas Voice

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