Federal judge rules Puerto Rico birth certificate gender marker policy unconstitutional

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A federal judge has ruled Puerto Rico must allow transgender people to change the gender marker on their birth certificates.

Lambda Legal last April filed a lawsuit on behalf of three trans Puerto Ricans and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a local advocacy group. U.S. District Court Judge Carmen Consuelo Cerezo in her ruling that she signed on March 28 said the U.S. commonwealth’s birth certificate policy, which the Puerto Rico Supreme Court decreed in 2005, is unconstitutional.

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Arkansas court upholds same-sex marriage birth certificate law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court threw out a judge’s ruling Dec. 8 that could have allowed all married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their children’s birth certificates without a court order, saying it doesn’t violate equal protection “to acknowledge basic biological truths.”

The state Supreme Court also issued a rare admonishment to Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, saying he made “inappropriate remarks” in his ruling that struck down the birth certificate law. Fox had cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing marriage equality in his ruling last year that said married same-sex couples should have both names listed on their children’s birth certificates, just as heterosexual married couples do, without requiring a court order.

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State must amend transgender teen’s birth certificate

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida health officials say they will not fight a judge’s order that would change the gender on a transgender teen’s birth certificate from female to male.

The Department of Health told the Miami Herald that it will comply with Leon Circuit Judge Karen Gievers’ order to change the marker on the 15-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident’s birth certificate. The department routinely makes the change for adults who have transitioned from one sex to the other but says it asked for guidance from the judge because the applicant is a minor and has not undergone reassignment surgery.

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Utah will pay $25,000 to lesbian couple in birth certificate case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The state of Utah has agreed to pay more than $24,000 to cover legal fees for a married lesbian couple who sued after the state denied them a birth certificate with both mothers’ names for their newborn baby.

Court documents filed Oct. 16 show that the Utah Attorney General wants to close the case three months after a judge ruled against the state.

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Colorado bill on transgender birth certificates blocked by GOP-controlled Senate

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Denver (AP) – Senate Republicans have put an end to a Democratic attempt to make it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates.

A Senate committee voted 3-2 April 15 to reject a bill to allow people to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without getting surgery. All three Republicans on the committee voted against it.

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Victory in Virginia lesbian couple birth certificate case

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Richmond, Va. (AP) – A Virginia lesbian couple has won a legal fight to have both of their names listed on their twins’ birth certificates.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a Richmond judge recently ordered the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records to amend the birth certificates to show that Maria Hayman and her wife, Joanie Hayman, are the children’s parents.

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