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Birth certificate change bill passes Illinois House

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A bill that would make it easier to change the gender marker on birth certificates passed the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The bill, House Bill 9, would require that the State Registrar of Vital Records must establish a new birth certificate of birth when he receives a statement signed by a person making the request for the purpose of affirming the person’s gender identity or intersex condition and that the sex designation on the person’s certificate should be changed. The statement would need to indicate whether the certificate should be changed to a male, female, or the gender-neutral X. It would also waive the fee for updating the certificate for people leaving incarceration or a domestic violence situation.

The bill was introduced Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-Glenview) in January.

It now goes to the Illinois Senate.

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