Washington State Considers Non-Binary Designation on Birth Certificates

The Washington Department of Health held a public hearing this week on a proposed rule change that would allow a person to change the designation on his or her birth certificate from male or female to the non-binary designation of “X.” The rule already allows someone to change the sex designation from “male” to “female” or “female” to “male.” The proposed rule would only apply to the amendment of current birth certificates and could be adopted as early as December 19. It is unclear when it would then take effect.

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