For the third year in a row, Colorado failed to pass a bill that would have made it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates.
According to an article from The Gazette, House Bill 1122 did not make it out of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. The bill would have allowed transgender people to make necessary changes to their birth certificate without a court order or surgery, which is the current requirement. Opponents argued that birth certificates should not be easily changed because they may be helpful in identifying bodies. They also argued that birth certificates do not constrain trans people.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that this is the same committee that failed to pass legislation that would have outlawed gay conversion therapy.
The Fight Is Not Over
At least one senator is going to continue the fight. Democrat Dominick Moreno has promised to reintroduce the bill again next year, and every year after that until it becomes state law. He recognizes how important it is for government documents to accurately reflect a person’s true gender identity, rather than the gender they were assigned at birth.
Transgender people in Colorado can enlist the help of an experienced attorney for guidance with name changes and the web of other legal issues that accompany transitioning, including reviewing the options available for birth certificate changes under current state law.
At Scardina Law, we are committed to standing up for all members of the LGBT community in legal matters of all kinds.