Montana to allow transgender people to change their birth certificates

  • Montana’s health officials said Monday their department will follow a judge’s ruling that will allow transgender people to change the gender markers on their birth certificates.
  • Judge Michael Moses said health officials made “calculated violations” of his order.
  • The order states that officials have to temporarily stop enforcing a law blocking trans people from updating their gender on their birth certificates unless they had undergone surgery.

Montana officials announced that its health department will follow a judge’s ruling and temporarily allow trans people to update their gender markers on their birth certificates.

Monday’s statement comes just days after state officials announced they would disregard District Court Judge Michael Moses’ order.

On Monday, the judge said that state health officials made “calculated violations” of an order he issued late last week when announcing their decision to defy it.

Moses on Thursday clarified a preliminary injunction he had issued in April. The ruling states that the state could not prevent transgender people from updating their birth certificates while Senate Bill 280 was challenged in court. State officials, however, said they would not comply with the order.

Moses said Monday that he would consider motions for contempt after several violations of his April order.


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