Oklahoma State Senator files bill restricting birth certificate gender requirements to male, female

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A state senator filed a bill in the Oklahoma Senate that aims to restrict birth certificate gender options to male and female.

Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, filed State Bill 1100 on Wednesday.

“I was assured by the State Department of Health a couple months ago that they had no intention of adding another sex option to birth certificates, but they recently approved a non-binary option,” Bergstrom said. “We’re at an odd time in history where people are seemingly forgetting science and biology and casting common sense out the window. When babies are born, they are either born male or female based on their chromosomes and genitals. Allowing anything else to be listed on a birth certificate is ludicrous, and it’s time we clarify this in our statutes.”

Oklahoma joined 14 other states and the District of Columbia in establishing a nonbinary birth certificate process.

The change was made after Oregon resident Kit Lorelied, who was born and raised in Oklahoma, filed a federal lawsuit against the Oklahoma State Department of Health, according to NonDoc.

“I believe that people are created by God to be male or female. Period. There is no such thing as non-binary sex and I wholeheartedly condemn the purported OSDH court settlement that was entered into by rogue activists who acted without receiving proper approval or oversight,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “I will be taking whatever action necessary to protect Oklahoma values and our way of life.”

Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye released the following statement:

“A legal settlement regarding birth certificate designations was reached in May by the prior attorney general’s office. The Oklahoma State Department of Health will work with the Governor and Attorney General’s office for input and counsel on next steps.  Our responsibility is to maintain vital statistics, and we will continue to do so in accordance with the laws of Oklahoma. Should a challenge to the previous agreement be made, we will proceed accordingly.”

However, gender designations on Oklahoma birth certificates will be limited to either male or female if SB 1100 passes the State Legislature and is signed by the governor.

“Meaning nonbinary or any symbol representing a nonbinary designation, including, or not limited to the letter ‘X,’ cannot be used on the birth certificate,” an Oklahoma Senate news release states.

The Second Session of the 58th Legislature will convene on Monday, Feb. 7 at noon.

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