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Nonbinary Gender on Birth Certificates Will Likely Be Banned in Oklahoma

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Senate, heading to Governor Kevin Stitt's desk today.The summary of Senate Bill 1100 said that it "requires the biological sex designation on a birth certificate to be either male or female and prohibits a nonbinary or any symbol representing a nonbinary designation," adding that "the measure declares an emergency."The bill would also prohibit people from changing the gender on their birth certificates.Stitt is expected to sign the bill into law.

Last fall, he issued an executive order to stop the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) from issuing nonbinary birth certificates.In his condemnation of the OSDH, Stitt declared, "People are created by God to be male or female.

Period."Although SB 1100 passed easily in the Republican-dominated legislature, receiving 75 yes votes and 16 no votes in the statehouse on Thursday, Democrats held it up with hours of debate.Oklahoma City Representative Mauree Turner, the only nonbinary member of the legislature, said she "cannot help but feel this bill is a personal attack," according to the Tulsa World.Tulsa Representative Monroe Nichols also argued that the bill served no useful purpose, KWTV-DT reported. "What are we doing?" he asked. "The cops don't want it.

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