Kansas Nixes Ability to Change Sex on Birth Certificates

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by Church Militant  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 20, 2023   

Birth certificates and driver's licenses must comply with biological sex

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TOPEKA, Kan. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The state of Kansas is changing its birth certificate policy to stop permitting gender-confused individuals from altering their sex on important documentation. 

The Kansas Department of Health announced on Sept. 15 that it will now comply with Kansas law concerning a federal judge's ruling in August that lifted a previous requirement allowing so-called trans people the ability to change their sex on paper. 

The Decision  

  • The move comes after court filings from state Attorney General Kris Kobach, who sought the enforcement of the "Kansas Women's Bill of Rights," which defines the terms "male" and "female" in accord with an individual's biological sex.  
  • Kobach posted online, "KS birth certificates are state records that must reflect scientific fact as recorded by the doctor at the time of birth."
  • The state health department remarked that all previously changed birth certificates remain valid, but "if a certified copy of that record is requested, then the new copy must reflect the sex assigned at birth."

Governor Opposition 

  • Governor Laura Kelly declared in a Sept. 15 statement, "As I've said before, the state should not discriminate or encroach into Kansans' personal lives — it's wrong, it's bad for business."
  • Kelly continued, "However, I am committed to following the law. Agencies will comply with the courts' orders and work to implement S.B. 180 as appropriate."
  • Governor Kelly originally vetoed the bill but was overridden by the state legislature.

Other States 

  • Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma and Tennessee prohibit individuals from changing sex on birth certificates. 
  • Kansas, Montana and Tennessee don't allow changes to sex on driver's licenses.

Previous Numbers 

  • According to The Epoch Times, "From 2019 through June 2023, more than 900 Kansas residents changed the sex designation on their birth certificates, and nearly 400 changed their driver's licenses."
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