Thursday, December 03, 2015

Will A Court Undo What The Secretary Of State Did?

In Michigan you cannot change your gender marker on your driver license without changing your birth certificate first. This policy creates hardships for trans people; when they are trying to get a job, or renting an apartment, or anywhere you need to show your ID.
Judge rules transgender lawsuit against Ruth Johnson may continue
By Dave Phillips,
The Oakland Press
POSTED: 12/02/15

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit regarding gender markers on driver’s licenses and state IDs for transgender residents will continue.

A group of plaintiffs are suing Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson over a policy that they say makes it “nearly impossible” for transgender Michigan residents to change gender markers on their IDs.

Johnson had sought to have the lawsuit dismissed, but U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds ruled that the plaintiffs “have raised a cognizable privacy claim” and that the suit should continue.
Johnson, the former Oakland County Clerk, implemented the state’s current ID policy in 2011, in which a gender on a state-issued ID will not be changed unless the person produces an amended birth certificate.
Three guesses what party Secretary of State Ruth Johnson belongs to and the first two guesses don’t count.

Before she was elected to office, all you had to do is get a letter from your doctor saying you are trans but now you need surgery and to change your birth certificate first.

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