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

| Monday, June 9, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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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Ohio same-sex couples eagerly await Monday’s marriage ruling

| Sunday, April 13, 2014
Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.
[caption id="attachment_135316" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Al Behrman, AP" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.[/caption] CINCINNATI -- Pam...

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Lesbian couple named mother and father on daughter’s Tenn. birth certificate

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Emilia Maria Jesty with her birth "father" Sophy Jesty.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A baby girl born to same-sex parents who are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage, is the first child in the state to have two mothers listed on her birth certificate.

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

| Monday, January 13, 2014
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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.

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N.J. senate approves transgender birth certificate bill

| Monday, December 23, 2013
N.J. state capitol in Trenton.
TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey state Senate has approved a bill that would require the state Health Department to issue a new birth certificate for people who have completed the clinical process of altering their gender.

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