Transgendered Ohioans Can Change Status On Birth Certificates

Folks born in Ohio, who are transgender, will soon be able to change their gender on their birth certificates.

The Ohio Department of Health will not appeal a court decision in December which requires the agency to accept requests from transgendered people who are looking to change their gender to reflect the one different when assigned at birth.

Federal Judge Michael H. Watson ruled in December that transgendered people should be allowed the same birth certificate alterations as other Ohio-born people.

Watson said since birth certificates can be altered for other reasons, such as adoptive parents, the current policy against allowing changes for transgendered people was discriminatory.

The rule change is expected to be officially in place by June 1.

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