California Legislature Considers New Gender Classification

Senators Toni Atkins and Scott Wiener co-authored a bill that would eliminate the need for a formal doctor's approval and a court appearance to make a change to a person's gender designation on driver's licenses and birth certificates, for example.

Their effort would also officially recognize a third gender option know as "non-binary."  While many in the LGBT community are supportive, not everyone thinks this is a good idea.  Among them, Greg Burt of the California Family Council who said, "our organization believes government documents need to reflect biological facts for ID and medical purposes."  He added that he believes that gender is not a choice that people can make, "it's actually a fact to embrace and celebrate."

While California would be the first state to adopt such an option, proponents say its already being done in other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Germany.



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