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Transgender birth certificate change gets initial approval in Colorado House

Transgender birth certificate change gets initial approval in Colorado House
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DENVER — Transgender Colorado residents moved a step closer Wednesday to being able to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without getting surgery.

The Democrat-led House gave preliminary approval to the plan over objections from some Republicans who opposed a provision allowing original birth certificates to be sealed, instead of having them marked to say the gender has been changed.

The bill passed on an unrecorded voice vote after a lively debate.

Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, said the surgery requirement and the process for getting a judge to approve the change need to be dismantled.

“It’s intrusive. It requires people to go to a court, in front of a room full of strangers, and explain why they are changing the gender marker on their birth certificate,” Moreno said.

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However, Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, called some gender change cases “psychological confusion.”

“I don’t think the government should be joining in the confusion that’s in someone’s mind,” Klingenschmitt said.

A recorded House vote is required before the bill moves to the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled chamber.

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