Legislation Proposed Banning ‘Nonbinary’ Option on Kentucky Birth Certificates

Legislation Proposed Banning ‘Nonbinary’ Option on Kentucky Birth Certificates

On Tuesday the  Kentucky’s General Assembly opened its 2023 session. First up? A pre-filed draft bill could prohibit the use of “nonbinary” designations by people who identify as such on birth certificates issued in the state. People who identify as “nonbinary” do not identify with traditional male or female genders.

The legislation, which was pre-filed as an interim draft by Republican (of course) state Rep. Bill Wesley in mid-December, would “require the biological sex designation on a birth certificate to be either male or female.” and would also prohibit a nonbinary or any other symbol representing a nonbinary designation, including the letter “X.” 

The Kentucky legislature is controlled by Republicans in both houses, but the executive branch is controlled by Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, who has been critical of and vetoed other bills related to LGBT policy.

Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia allow an option outside of male or female, according to data from Movement Advancement Project (MAP), an LGBT think tank.

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