[Rushtalk] Chris Christie Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed Transgender People To Change Their Birth Certificates
John A. Quayle
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Sat Aug 22 22:25:38 MDT 2015
At 08:46 PM 8/21/2015, Carl Spitzer wrote:
>A RINO gets one right.
Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn! - jaq
>Chris Christie Vetoes Bill That Would Have
>Allowed Transgender People To Change Their Birth Certificates
>One of the bill's sponsors accused Christie, a
>2016 GOP presidential candidate, of political pandering.
>Headshot of Marina Fang
> Fang Associate Politics Editor, The Huffington Post
>Posted: 08/10/2015 05:38 PM EDT
> New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday
> a bill that would have made it easier for
> transgender people to change their name and
> gender identification on their birth
> certificates. Christie claimed that the bill
> would result in legal uncertainties and that
> it raised legitimate and significant concerns over security.
>Birth certificates unlock access to many of our
>nation and states critical and protected
>benefits such as passports, drivers licenses,
>and social services, as well as other important
>security-dependent allowances, Christie said in
>a statement announcing the veto. Accordingly, I
>remain committed to the principle that efforts
>to significantly alter State law concerning the
>issuance of vital records that have the
>potential to create legal uncertainties should
>be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.
>Birth Certificate Modernization Bill would allow
>state agencies to change a transgender persons
>birth certificate,as long as the individual
>provided proof of undergoing treatment for a
>gender transition from a medical professional.
>Currently under state law, transgender
>individuals can only amend their birth
>certificates if they have undergone full gender
>reassignment surgery, which can be costly and
>creates barriers for low-income transgender individuals.
>In June, the bill
>overwhelmingly in both chambers of the New
>Jersey legislature. One of the bills sponsors,
>Democratic Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri
>Christie, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, of
>vetoing the bill for political reasons.
>"Instead of updating a standard state procedure
>to be more inclusive and reflective of our
>changing society, the governor has once again
>chosen to pander to the right by masquerading
>behind baseless arguments," she said.
>Transgender advocates condemned Christies veto,
>stressing how authorizing the bill would have
>granted more rights to transgender individuals.
>His veto on this bill keeps in place outdated
>and burdensome requirements that make it
>incredibly difficult for transgender people to
>get birth certificates that match who they are,
>the National Center for Transgender Equality
>said in a
>Birth certificates play an enormous role in
>transgender people's ability to live their life as the person that they are.
>Many of us wouldnt think twice when asked to
>show our ID, but this is a very serious issue
>for transgender people. Having identity
>documents that accurately reflect who you are is
>vital in so many areas of everyday life from
>applying for a job to exercising our rights at
>the ballot box. Governor Christies veto makes
>life more difficult for transgender people in
>New Jersey with absolutely no benefit to the
>state, said Mason Davis, the executive director of the Transgender Law Center.
>This is the second time Christie has vetoed the
>bill -- when it last came up in 2014, Christie
>gave the same reason for vetoing it.
>According to the Human Rights Campaign, eight
>states plus the District of Columbia have
>legislation that eliminates the mandate that
>transgender individuals need to get surgery
>before they can amend their birth certificates.
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