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Transgender sues to change Idaho birth certificate

April 20, 2017 at 6:45 am 9 News

BOISE — A transgender woman is suing the state of Idaho for the right to change her gender on her birth certificate.

Identified be her initials F.V. in the court papers, which were filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, the lawsuit says F.V. has been living as a woman since she was 15 and has undergone sex reassignment treatments and changed her name to a feminine one on her driver’s license and in Social Security records. It says she contacted the Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics in March to change her gender on her birth certificate but was told she could not.

According to a news release from Lambda Legal, a pro-gay and transgender rights legal organization that is representing her, F.V. is now 28 and lives in Hawaii.

“Unlike nearly every other state in America, Idaho currently enforces a categorical ban against transgender people changing the gender on their birth certificates, which is an archaic policy that defies logic,” said Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn. “In fact, government officials in Idaho know this, given that they allow transgender people to change the gender on their drivers’ licenses.”

Transgender rights have been politically controversial throughout the country over the past few years, with perhaps the highest-profile fights being over a recently repealed bill in North Carolina that required people to use the bathroom matching their sex on their birth certificate, and over an Obama-era rule that now-President Trump has revoked telling public schools to let students use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

Concerns about bathroom use by transgender people were one of the most frequent objections cited by opponents of a proposed anti-discrimination law in Idaho that the Legislature killed in committee in 2015. However, even many other conservative states that don’t have anti-discrimination laws that cover gay and transgender people let people change their sex on their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity — Idaho, Tennessee, Kansas and Ohio are the only ones that don’t, according to Lambda Legal.

The lawsuit asks the court to declare Idaho’s policy unconstitutional and order state officials to let people change their birth certificates to align with their gender identity.

Scott Graf, spokesman for the Idaho Attorney General’s office, said the office doesn’t comment on pending litigation.


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  1. tws500 April 20, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Just more madness. She probably got the idea to change her birth certificate from obama.

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  2. giraffemom April 20, 2017 at 9:46 am

    If you allow these kind of changes to official documents, wait until the Racel Dolezals of the world want to change their race on the documents and can then jump ahead of all the downtrodden for special consideration for college admission/jobs/housing, etc. victim classes will become the norm and EVERYONE will become entitled to special treatment! The world has truly gone crazy.

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    • Archbishop Gregori April 20, 2017 at 9:55 am

      If they want special treatment, all they have to do is lie just like “Pochahantes” did to get into college.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 20, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      And there is a BIG difference between getting a driver’s license changed (WHICH identifies who you are RIGHT NOW) to getting your birth certificate changed (which identified who you WERE UPON your birth).. So just cause they allow you to change our DL, does NOT MEAN its unconstitutional that they do NOT allow you to do the same on your birth certificate.

      EVEN those who legally get their name changed, STILL do not (to my knowledge) get reissued a new/updated birth certificate… That is cause your name change did NOT ALTER who the hell you were when you were born!

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  3. Archbishop Gregori April 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

    “Gender Identity Disorder” is a mental illness and you do not cure a mental illness by catering to their whims and wishes. That is like allowing a pedophile to run a summer camp or handing a book of matches to an arsonist in the middle of a dry forest.

    Transgenders should not be allowed to change their gender on their birth certificates because no matter how many sex-change operations they have, and no matter how many hormone treatments they under go, they cannot change their chromosomes or DNA. No matter what their dysfunctioning minds are telling them, they are what they are. It is bad enough that the law allows them to mutilate themselves, we do not have to cave into their demented wishes by allowing them to change their birth certificates. A sex-change operation does NOT change the sex you were born, it only changes the outward appearance. Standing in a garage and drinking motor oil does not make you a car, it only makes you an idiot.

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  4. FrankC April 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

    It is sickening that the mythical “transgenders” are destroying our culture and our country. They represent 0.003% of the population, but the Liberals have latched onto them and are going to do as much damage to America as they can. They need help, but the Liberals forbid that help.

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      ltuser April 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      It is a sad state of affairs, where not even 1 full % of the population are in essence holding the REST of the population hostage to their whims..

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  5. John Ritchie April 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    It’s only male and female. There is no third sex. So men should not be allowed to access the ladies room. What the transgender revolution wants is self-destructive, tyrannical and unscientific.

    Here are 10 reasons why transgenderism is the family’s worst enemy:

    We must protect the family. Help kids understand human nature and right reason, not confuse them.

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  6. bkbirdmon April 20, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    How about we just put the number of ribs on birth certificate. Gender question solved.

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