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Connecticut lawmakers send bill to governor to ease birth certificate changes

Connecticut State Capitol, in Hartford
Connecticut State Capitol, in Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut legislature is sending a bill to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that makes it easier for transgender people to update their names and gender on their birth certificates.

On Monday, the Senate voted 32-3 in favor of the bill that would allow any person who has undergone surgical, hormonal or other clinically appropriate treatment for gender transition to change their sex on their birth certificate.

Regulations now only allow people to change the designation after completing sex reassignment surgery.

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Stephen Glassman, executive director of ACLU of Connecticut, said the legislation “modernizes our outdated laws and makes Connecticut a national leader once again in an evolving understanding of transgender rights.”

Advocates say the course of care for transgender people does not always involve surgery.

The bill previously passed the House.

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