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Christie vetoes bill allowing new birth certificates for transgender people without surgery

Monday, January 13, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender citizens to obtain a new birth certificate to reflect their gender identity without surgical requirements.

Chris Christie

Chris Christie

Christie’s veto was absolute, which is means he rejected the law outright and returned the measure to the State Legislature without amendment. A two-thirds vote will now be required to override the governor’s veto in order for the measure to become law — 27 votes in the Senate and 54 votes in the general assembly.

The State’s Senate had passed the measure last month by a vote of 21-11. The lower house approved the measure 43-27 vote in June.

Since 1984, New Jersey law has directed that the state Health Department issue a new birth certificate only to those who have undergone gender reassignment surgery.

But since not every transgender person undergoes surgery, state Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex, N.J.), chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, sponsored the bill to allow for new birth certificates for those who opt only for hormone replacement therapy, supporters of the bill said.

The bill would have allowed a new birth record for people who undergo “clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition, based on contemporary medical standards, or that the person has an intersex condition.”

“Birth certificates are the most basic proof of who we are. Our identification documents are a gateway to employment, education and housing. They affect our ability to adopt or retain custody of our children, to secure a loan or to prove to our employers that we are authorized to work,” said Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Jael Humphrey, in testimony delivered before the New Jersey Legislature last month.

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“When the gender marker differs from lived gender on identity documents, or the documents themselves are inconsistent, transgender and intersex people are robbed of their privacy and are more vulnerable to harassment, groundless accusations of fraud, discrimination and even violence,” said Humphrey.

“There is simply no justification for requiring transgender or intersex individuals to undergo unnecessary and often unavailable procedures in order to amend their birth certificates,” said Dru Levasseur, Lambda Legal Transgender Rights Project Director, in a statement.

“New Jersey’s onerous surgery requirement is out-of-step with contemporary standards for transgender health care and imposes a hurdle that many cannot and should not have to meet simply to have identity documents that reflect who they are,” said Levasseur.

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  1. Christie needs to be educated!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:34pm
  2. I truly despise this man.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:34pm
  3. Fucking bigot.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:35pm
  4. What else is new?

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:45pm
  5. He is so gross.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:26pm
  6. Fucking piece of shit.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:35pm
  7. And the 2016 campaign begins. First I kiss the asses of the religious right

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:35pm
  8. Again because he is a DICK!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:36pm
  9. He’s an ass.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:36pm
  10. idiot

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:36pm
  11. He just needs to be done

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:37pm
  12. He’s so disgusting and I’ve never heard of anyone who actually likes him. Who the hell voted him in?

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:37pm
  13. man needs a bullet

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:37pm
  14. How does he sleep at night?!!?!? What a douche fucker!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:38pm
  15. :/

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:38pm
  16. hes so getting voted out this year hahaha

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:38pm
  17. FUCKING JERK!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:38pm
  18. Christie may not be long for his position!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:38pm
  19. seriously, did anyone really think he would not veto it?!
    Keep your eyes on the ball and make sure he does not wiggle out of the scandals and crimes that will destroy his political career.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:38pm
  20. Fuckin HATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:39pm
  21. He’s a joke and what goes around comes around. He’ll get his when they uncover what he did with the GW bridge and the misappropriation of Sandy funds! ;-)

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:39pm
  22. Long walk. Short pier. Waive the toll.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:39pm
  23. fuck you Christie

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:40pm
  24. I like this man!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:40pm
  25. he’s not a bully

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:40pm
  26. He’s in all kinds of hot water, CORRUPT MORON.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:40pm
  27. I really do not know how this man appeals to the middle? Seriously, he has ridden a hard right line in all of his legislation passed. How he appeals to the left and the middle is still a mystery, unless of course these are just people that read headlines and don’t bother with actual reality. Cannot wait to see this man’s balloon burst.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:40pm
  28. Loser

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:42pm
  29. Shocker.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:42pm
  30. I can’t stand that lardass goon Chris Christie.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:43pm
  31. No, he’s just using all the extra money to buy more donuts!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:43pm
  32. Fat-phobia is bigotry too. Stop it.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:12pm
  33. IM GAY AND I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WANT THEIR BIRTH SEX CHANGED ON PAPER

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:44pm
  34. Asshole.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:44pm
  35. another closed minded politician

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:44pm
  36. Prick.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:45pm
  37. Helping to impede a marginalized group by officially throwing them under the bus. Good going, Christie. Kiss 2016 goodbye.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:45pm
  38. Kinda iffy on this one. I’m all for transgenders but the birth certificate is what you came in the world like not who you are today. I agree with changing everything else, but you can’t change history, only learn from it or embrace it.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:46pm
  39. People change there names on Birth Certificates for a multitude of reasons. Isn't that also changing their history that they came with?

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:27pm
  40. "their" More coffee required!

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:27pm
  41. fat asshole!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:46pm
  42. Sorry, but it’s too late to buy our votes now!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:46pm
  43. christie and douche from canada can go smoke together

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:47pm
  44. Karla, can you elaborate?

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:47pm
  45. Karla be realistic please- a birth certificate is a legal document created by the government that you have to use as identity for the rest of your life. Changing it isn’t about changing history. Don’t be ridiculous. It’s about having the necessary paperwork to get things done legally as whatever sex you are.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:48pm
  46. Please check your cisgender privilege, thanks.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:27pm
  47. What an ass!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:49pm
  48. He only did that because he not running for election so he don’t have to do anything for US GLBTQ here in NJ

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:49pm
  49. This ass is doomed. The bridge and now this and the stuff the FBI will dig up will see him sink like a stone.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:49pm
  50. He is the omelette in the Humpty Dumpty fall

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:49pm
  51. He’s looking for another controversy to distract from the bridge controversy

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:51pm
  52. He’s only doing it because they found out he was stealing from the sandy fund he needs to be voted out god forbid he runs for president I will have to move away from the US

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:55pm
  53. I hate that fat ass fucker. I really do

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:57pm
  54. Impeach!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:58pm
  55. What a change ? Paying karma now ?

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:00pm
  56. Do they issue a birth certificate to replace the old one? I don’t suppose it would matter though because even if you showed up unconscious In the ER you would receive a full work up and if your parentage was needed it would still be on the new certificate. So I rescind my previous statement. A new birth certificate would make sense to reflect the new gender.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:01pm
  57. Wait. How do you know the baby is transgendered if gender means the mind? I don’t get it

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:02pm
  58. he is such a JERK……..

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:03pm
  59. Just keep on, you can now scratch the LGBT people off your list of people who will vote for you.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:03pm
  60. It appears that CC needs to apprise himself on several issues. Let’s hope that he does not encounter anyone who is transgender and has to check for their proof of surgery. It might be painful for him especially while waiting at a bridge toll lane…

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:05pm
  61. impeach the hippo already! can’t believe people voted for him again eww

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:08pm
  62. Wow what a pig

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:12pm
  63. I hope he gets a heart attack and dies from the karma.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:15pm
  64. U do what u have to do in a happy horse shit evangelical republican world.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:16pm
  65. This guy is nothing but a fat slob who is a HUGE EGOMANIAC! I can not wait until the find out he lied about ‘Bridge Gate’ and that he is political done or he goes to jail because mis-using his position for personal issues is a CRIME and perhaps he will go to jail and someone there who would love to make him their special buddy!!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:17pm
  66. Fat-phobia is bigotry too. You might want to check that.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:11pm
  67. He is a bully and a bigot and he will get his,,,,

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:25pm
  68. he’s a bigot, and he’s corrupt, I can’t wait to see how the Washington Bridge pans out for this asshole!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:26pm
  69. The world is leaving his kind behind.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:26pm
  70. What an ass.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:27pm
  71. nasty little fucker

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:28pm
  72. well today suddenly sucks for me. I can’t really say I’m surprised but I was really hoping this wouldn’t happen. I am some one who plans on having her GCS but finance wise that at least two years away and spending two more years with gender markers that don’t match is not something I look forward to. I was a tearful mess when I first read this headline.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:33pm
  73. Impeach

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:34pm
  74. Christie is a jerk!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:34pm
  75. Once an asshole, ALWAYS a asshole!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:35pm
  76. Sad.Very,very sad

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:37pm
  77. Here we go again Chris Christie doing something against lgbtq people it is wrong and if they want new birth certificates then they be able to have them.Man I’m so tired of hearing about this guy he is so annoying .Someone please take him back to the zoo where he came from and put him in a cage with a gorilla

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:39pm
  78. Are you really surprised?

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:47pm
  79. that bigot is souless and heartless and he should be impeached

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:52pm
  80. His day is coming, he is too damn cocky for his own good.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:53pm
  81. What did anyone expect? He is trying to divert attention off the other scandal? By causing another. He is a bully.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:53pm
  82. Eat a dick dude.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:53pm
  83. Bastard!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:54pm
  84. Pretty sure there’s a special place in hell for this kind of douchery.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:55pm
  85. Hmmm, I think it would be a real challenge to work with this guy.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:57pm
  86. so if I lived in New Jersey, being intersex as I am, if I wanted female on my birth cert which at present is blank, to match the cosmetic surgery performed on me 5 days after birth to make me appear female, I would have to have my internal testes, plumbing and prostate removed… wonderful. Note to governor, do not force procedures on others you are not willing to undertake yourself. Its a piece of paper. it doesn’t cost. It gives full bill of rights. here I can not marry or civil partner, I can not foster or adopt, I can not use single gender washrooms (either gender), I can take part in one gender activities, travel insurance is a nightmare, I can’t vote, and if I need to renew my passport it takes up to 4 years, during which I loose my citizenship. My gut feeling is this is basic homophobia, as faced with the difficulties no rights bring, anyone else would say yes. So what is making you squirm? the idea that someone might fall in love with someone else who is both male and female and they might want to get married? and you wouldn’t be able to stop them?

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:57pm
  87. bridging the intelligence gap?

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:02pm
  88. can we get enough votes to override his veto? sick of seeing this slob in my news feed.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:08pm
  89. Why does this not surprise me? -sigh-

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:09pm
  90. Figures

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:18pm
  91. He’s a Republican, and the party has decided to obstruct progress in this way. The reality is that change is happening fairly quickly, and social progress will correct this mean-spirited gesture. The public is increasingly embracing rights for transgender people, and that will continue to grow. Christie is irrelevant.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:19pm
  92. Fuck u Governor . U big bully

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:24pm
  93. I have always felt that there is a dark side to Christie. He is a bully in every sense of the word. Not presidential material. I think he knew about the bridge lane closure but had aides take the fall.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:26pm
  94. Hopefully this fat ass will be impeached or forced to resign with Bridgegate. I never liked this moron.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:26pm
  95. This ass just keeps getting bigger.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:29pm
  96. Schmuck.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:30pm
  97. FUCK YOU christie. fucking fat slob

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:33pm
  98. Not sure what I think about this.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:34pm
  99. And this guy is so popular in Jersey because…? I hope he never runs for President.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:36pm
  100. Ok , ok, I meant low carb donuts LOL

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:39pm
  101. F@#k this guy…what a jackass.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:45pm
  102. As if he wasn’t a “big enough ass.” doesn’t he have a bridge to go close or something.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:45pm
  103. Bully…..

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:51pm
  104. Of course he did. Did we expect anything else from this bigoted bully?

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:58pm
  105. you got to love these nut jobs ….. I bet he has not seen his own little cock or very small balls in years

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:08am
  106. *facepalm*

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:12am
  107. Fuck you fat fucking douche bag!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:16am