Idaho Now Allowing Gender Changes on Birth Certificates
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is now considering applications from transgender people who want their birth certificates to properly reflect their identities. Boise State Public Radio reports that Idaho Department of Health and Welfare implemented the new, constitutionally sound rule on Friday after a federal judge ruled that rejecting applications from transgender people violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling also said reissued birth certificates can't include a record of the gender having been changed. Most states already allow such changes. But Idaho was one of four - including Kansas, Ohio and Tennessee — that prohibits transgender people from changing their birth certificate to reflect their gender identity.