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Michigan lawmaker targets transgender’s drivers licenses as campaign platform

Michigan lawmaker targets transgender’s drivers licenses as campaign platform
Paul Scott

A state lawmaker, running for the GOP nomination to be the next Secretary of State in Michigan, is wasting no time addressing the real issues facing Michigan — stopping transgender people from changing their sex on their drivers license.

Paul Scott, who just completed the first year of his first two-year term in the Michigan state House, is rankling feathers with a promise he made in his Jan. 15 announcement letter, which listed four top policy priorities, including:

“I will make it a priority to ensure transgender individuals will not be allowed to change the sex on their driver’s license in any circumstance.”

In an interview with Michigan Messenger, Scott, 27, said the issue was about “values.”

“It’s a social values issue. If you are born a male, you should be known as a male. Same as with a female, she should be known as a female,” he said.

When asked to explain how such a mandate from the Secretary of State would benefit Michigan, he said it was about “preventing people who are males genetically from dressing as a woman and going into female bathrooms.”

While Scott is aware that federal courts have ruled that gender dysphoria, the medical diagnosis for transgender persons, was a disability, he said he did not think he would run afoul of discrimination laws.

He said his mandate would be in place even for those who had completely undergone sex reassignment surgeries.

“Representative Scott’s remarks indicate that he is not fit to serve the people of Michigan in this position,” said Julie Nemecek, a transgender activist from the Jackson area.

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