Oklahoma Becomes First State to Ban Nonbinary ‘Gender X’ Option on Birth Certificates, Will MT Follow?

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Oklahoma has become the first state in the country to ban non-binary identification on birth certificates, with Governor Kevin Stitt signing into law a bill that requires babies’ biological sex to be entered as either ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ and nothing else in between. The bill, SB 1100, reads:

“Beginning on the effective date of this act, the biological sex designation on a new certificate of birth issued under this section shall be either male or female and shall not be nonbinary or any symbol representing a nonbinary designation including but not limited to the letter “X”.”

While most states only have options to indicate ‘male’ or female; such as Montana, there is no active prohibition against something different- something the state is trying to rectify. It comes after the State Department of Health issued a birth certificate with a nonbinary gender designation last year after a they/them resident sued over not being allowed to have it. At the time Stitt was livid and vowed the change the law, writing:

I believe that people are created by God to be male or female. Period. There is no such thing as non-binary sex and I wholeheartedly condemn the purported OSDH court settlement that was entered into by rogue activists who acted without receiving proper approval or oversight.”

Currently, 15 states allow people to legally opt for a 3rd gender category marker, or x marker, on their birth certificates, including California, New York, and Utah. LGBTQ activists insist that a third marker is needed, with some reasons given including: “Acts as a placeholder until the child is able to self-identify with a gender on their own. and Relieves the pressure on parents to choose a gender during the first days after birth of a child with a sexual variation.”

This move also comes just days after District Judge Michael Moses of Billings blocked enforcement of a state law that insists transgendered folk undergo the knife and get their sexual organs altered either cut off or turned into fake ones before they can change the sex on their birth certificate.

Given how squirrely Democrats and progressives are, it’s only a matter of time before they try this in our state, and we would encourage our lawmakers to follow Oklahoma’s example, and go on the offensive in this matter.


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