Kevin Stitt, the governor of Oklahoma gave his authorization to a new bill this Tuesday to restrict markers of nonbinary gender on the birth certificates.
This bill passed by Kevin Stitt cleared the legislature of the state and became a law. As per this legislation, the birth certificate of babies will only have the category of male or female and there will not be any nonbinary symbolic representation.
Kevin Stitt New Law Goes Against The Interests Of Transgender Population
The category where the sex of the child is determined will not have any designation with the help of nonbinary coding with the letter ‘X’. This will be enforced immediately after it was passed on an emergency basis. This measure will have a negative impact on the nonbinary and transgender population.
This population will have difficulty in securing health care, participating in any kind of sports, or changing their birth certificate along with other important documents to match their sex identity. This legislation is thus quite conservative and the use of nonbinary markers of gender gave them the opportunity to get past any kind of discrimination and harassment.
Later on, there will be an issue when the physical structure of an individual will not match the category they opted for in their documents. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2% of the population in high school are transgender children. The professionals of health care stated that the bills that are being passed by the Republicans are very old-fashioned and are all targeting the transgender population.
This might result in anxiety, depression, and suicide. The Health Department of Oklahoma got permission to include nonbinary markers with the help of a settlement in a lawsuit. However, the decision was reversed by Kevin Stitt with the use of an executive order. Recently, the State Department of the US gave an option to the citizens to choose ‘X’ while mentioning their gender on the application of passports.