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Indiana state representative introduces anti-transgender legislation January 13, 2017

Measure would block transgender individuals from obtaining vital legal documents

INDIANAPOLIS — This afternoon, state Rep. Bruce Borders introduced legislation that will ban transgender individuals from obtaining a birth certificate that matches the gender they live as every day.

“Having a birth certificate that matches a person’s gender is an important step that is needed before obtaining a correct driver’s license, identification card, Social Security card, passport and other documents that are used in everyday life,” Chris Paulsen, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, said.

Currently, Indiana allows the Division of Vital Statistics to correct gender markers on a birth certificate with a court order.

In addition to prohibiting courts from correcting a person’s gender marker on a birth certificate, House Bill 1361 also creates a searchable, permanent record, that could be used to target transgender individuals for discrimination and harassment.

“This discriminatory bill is completely unnecessary. If passed, HB 1361 would further harm Indiana’s already damaged reputation as an open and welcoming state,” Paulsen added.

In 2015, state lawmakers passed a religious exemptions bill, or RFRA, which legalized discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Since becoming law, Indiana has lost thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic investments.

“Discrimination is bad for business, and it’s bad for our state. Lawmakers should be working on ways to make Indiana more open and inviting to people from all walks of life and their families, instead of passing discriminatory measures like HB 1361,” Paulsen concluded.

House Bill 1361, has been assigned to the Committee on Public Health.