The Oklahoma governor just signed a bill last night into law that bans the nonbinary gender option on the birth certificate in his state.
Via NBC News (the AP):
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Tuesday explicitly prohibiting the use of nonbinary gender markers on state birth certificates, a ban experts say is the first of its kind in the nation.
The bill followed a flap last year over the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s agreement in a civil case allowing a nonbinary option. The birth certificate in that case was issued to an Oklahoma-born Oregon resident who sued after the agency initially refused the request. People who are nonbinary do not identify with traditional male or female gender assignments.
Full stop. To the Associated Press author who wrote the article, people are NOT nonbinary. They may choose to believe that about themselves, but they are either male or female. Stop with the propaganda.
News of the settlement prompted outrage among Republicans, including Stitt, who along with fellow conservatives in a number of GOP-led states have been engaged in a culture war over issues like restricting LGBTQ and abortion rights that drive the party’s base in an election year. Stitt’s appointee to lead the agency abruptly resigned the next day, and the governor then promptly issued an executive order prohibiting any changes to a person’s gender on birth certificates, despite the settlement agreement. A civil rights group has challenged the executive order in federal court, but the state has not yet responded.
Whoa whoa whoa! Now the AP is claiming that Republicans have been engaged in a ‘culture war’ against LGBT whatever rights around the country for election purposes. That’s like saying Ukrainians are attacking Russians for traveling to Ukraine. It’s completely wrong and backwards.
Just like Russia invaded Ukraine, the LGBTers have invaded our institutions and culture, inventing absurd rights that never existed so they can normalize their mental illness and sexual proclivities.
GOP-led states are simply defending the culture which has been apart of this country since its founding, a culture grounded in Christianity.
Man, the propaganda is deep in this article.
Many states only offer male or female gender options on birth certificates, but Oklahoma is the first to write the nonbinary prohibition into law, according to Lambda Legal, the civil rights group suing Oklahoma.
Currently, 15 states and the District of Columbia specifically allow a gender marker designation outside of male or female, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. That number will increase on July 1 when Vermont’s new statute goes into effect.
“People are free to believe whatever they want about their identity, but science has determined people are either biologically male or female at birth,” said Oklahoma Rep. Sheila Dills, the House sponsor of the bill, in a statement after the bill passed the House last week. “We want clarity and truth on official state documents. Information should be based on established medical fact and not an ever-changing social dialogue.”
Dills is exactly right and I’m glad the governor signed this bill into law. I’m sure the crazies will challenge it, but I believe ultimately Oklahoma will prevail.
Way to lead the way Governor Stitt.