Montana May Update Rule for Birth Certificate Gender Change

State would no longer require people to provide a court order saying their sex was changed by a surgical procedure

By Justin Franz

HELENA — Montana’s health department is taking public comment on a rule change that would make it easier for transgender and intersex residents to correct the gender on their birth certificate.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services held a public hearing Thursday on the proposed change , which would no longer require people to provide a court order saying their sex was changed by a surgical procedure.

The Independent Record reports that under the new rules people could submit a gender designation form certifying they have undergone gender transition or have an intersex condition, submit a government issued identification with the correct gender or submit a court order.

Bowen Greenwood, with the Montana Family Foundation, opposed swapping the word “sex” for “gender” in the new rule. He and others argued the Legislature should make any changes.

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