by Josh M. Shipe on Jun 14, 2018 Uncategorized
The case went to the Supreme Court, which ruled that same_sex couples must receive the same legal treatment as different_sex ones. When an Arkansas circuit_court judge later ruled that the ADH must comply, this triggered a brief crisis Friday. Until the state ended its practice, now considered discriminatory, no newborns were allowed to be issued birth certificates. The governor ordered the ADH to meet the Supreme Court standard. After a few hours, the agency relented. Both Pavans can now finally be named on their child's birth certificate.
But these examples are outliers. In some places, gender markers on birth certificates can only be changed following gender_reassignment surgery. In many others, even that option is disallowed. This creates a situation where an adult whose gender identity isn't reflected on their birth certificate might also be stuck with their birth_certificate gender on all the other official identity markers that are derived from it, such as ID cards and passports.