ACLU Suing to Allow Transgender Individuals to Change Birth Certificate 'For Any Reason, at Any Time'

| APR 2, 2018 | 1:43 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the state of Ohio last week to force it to allow transgender individuals to change their birth certificate gender “for any reason, at any time”:

In a press release, an attorney for Lambda Legal — a gay rights organization that also joined the suit — called it “archaic” that Ohio had a policy of not allowing transgender individuals to change their birth certificate.

“This policy is not only archaic and out-of-step with the rest of America but also dangerous,” Kara Ingelhart, a Lambda Legal fellow, said.

“Forcing transgender Ohioans to go through life with inaccurate birth certificates, a basic form of identification, unnecessarily exposes them to discrimination, harassment, and violence,” Ingelhart added.

The ACLU noted that Ohio was one of three states, including Tennessee and Kansas, with such a policy.

A spokesperson for Ohio's Department of Health said it wasn't commenting on the lawsuit.

Citizens for Community Values, a group that pushes for religious freedom and strong families, called the lawsuit a waste of taxpayer money:

Once again, the ACLU is wasting taxpayer money. Having a medically accurate birth certificate is essential to protecting the health, safety, and privacy rights of men, women and children.

With this lawsuit, the ACLU is sacrificing medical accuracy for political ideology by attempting to force the state to falsify official records. A birth certificate that doesn't accurately reflect the biological realities of an individual becomes a meaningless, if not harmful document.

Some of the plaintiffs spoke at a press conference:

One of them, according to the ACLU, claimed they faced a threat after showing their birth certificate.

“After I had to show my birth certificate to obtain a job, a colleague threatened to beat me up and I felt I needed to leave for my own safety,” plaintiff Stacie Ray said.

Watch the plaintiffs speak above, via NBC4 WCMH-TV Columbus.