Representative Tom Morrison Responds to Passage of Transgender Birth Certificate Bill

Today in Springfield, members of the House of Representatives approved HB 1785, a measure that would allow individuals to change the sex listed on their birth certificate in cases where gender reassignment surgery has not occurred. In response to the 63-43-1 vote, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has issues the following statement:

“Softening the standard for changing one's birth certificate sex designation is a very controversial concept. Gender identity theory is very recent and far from universally agreed upon by medical and mental health professionals. I do not believe legislators have a clear understanding of the far-reaching negative consequences that are likely to result from this bill.”

“I believe the bill is not well-thought out, and if signed into law it would have significant unintended consequences--for the individuals (including children) who are seeking the change and society as a whole."

"Birth certificates are historical documents that certify an objective fact about humans that was identified at their births and never changes. Neither birth certificates nor doctors designate or assign 'gender markers.' They identify sexes."

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