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New Rhode Island law makes it easier to change gender on records

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island has made it easier for transgender residents to change their gender designation on their birth certificates. The state Health Department removed the requirement that people have gender reassignment surgery before changing their gender on a birth certificate. Instead, a medical provider can certify...

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New York City considers easing birth certificate gender changes

Monday, November 10, 2014
New York City Hall
NEW YORK -- Transgender New Yorkers on Monday called for the passage of city legislation that would eliminate a requirement that they have gender-reassignment surgery to change their designated gender on their birth certificates.

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Rhode Island drops surgery requirement for transgender birth certificate changes

Monday, October 27, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Civil liberties advocates are praising the state of Rhode Island for making it easier for transgender residents to change their gender designation on their birth certificates.

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Calif. legislature OKs bill allowing birth certificates to reflect same-sex parents

Thursday, August 21, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that would modernize birth certificates to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender.

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AMA advises surgery should not be a requirement for birth certificate changes

Monday, June 9, 2014
CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association on Monday said transgender people should be able to switch the sex designation on their birth certificates without having sex-change surgery. Most states make the operations a prerequisite, but a new AMA policy acknowledges that gender identity doesn't always match a person's birth anatomy.

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N.Y. eases birth certificate change policy for transgender individuals

Thursday, June 5, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state will no longer require transgender people to offer proof of surgery when they ask to change the gender on their birth certificate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced Thursday, though the change won't apply to certificates issue in New York City.

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Ark. health department allows same-sex couples on birth certificates

Monday, May 12, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Department of Health is allowing same-sex couples to be listed as the parents on birth certificates after a judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

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Calif. Assembly OK’s bill to revamp birth certificates to reflect same-sex parents

Thursday, May 8, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lawmakers in the Assembly have approved a bill that updates birth certificates to reflect the status of same-sex parents.

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Judge stays ruling on Ohio recognition of lawful same-sex marriages

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge has put on hold the majority of what attorneys have called a "momentous" change to Ohio's gay marriage law.

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Federal judge considers staying Ohio same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Civil rights attorneys are arguing in Federal Court on Friday that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage.
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal, meaning most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible expansion of their rights.

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