Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021

Trans Individuals Sue Montana Over Proof of Sex Change Requirement to Amend Birth Certificates

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Two Montanans who claim to be transgender filed a lawsuit against the state over a law that requires those wishing to change their sex on birth certificates to prove that they’ve had sex reassignment surgery. The measure, known as Senate Bill 280, signed in April by Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, provides that the sex designation on a birth certificate may be altered only if the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has first received a certified copy of a court order indicating that the sex of the individual born in Montana had been changed by surgical procedure. State Sen. Carl Glimm, who introduced the bill, said in March he believes a birth certificate is “an item in fact” that should record reality. “When a person is born, you record where they’re born, you record their weight, you record their sex. And that’s important information to document,” the …

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