FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A judge in Indiana has allowed a transgender man who underwent sex reassignment surgery to have his birth certificate modified to reflect that he was born male.
Allen Circuit Judge Tom Felts, who cited the lack of authorizing legislation when he denied Patrick Ren Ray’s petition to be legally considered male four years ago, approved the request earlier this month after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that such requests should be granted so long as they are made in good faith and with no fraudulent or unlawful intent.
According to the News-Sentinel, Ray, 48, originally petitioned the court in 2010 to have his birth certificate changed while he was engaged to a woman but was unable to marry her because his birth certificate said he was female.
At the time, same-sex marriage was prohibited in Indiana.