Oklahoma House rejects measure to change birth certificates for transgendered

The provision was a small part of a 62-page bill that primarily would have allowed the state Health Department to bill insurance companies for those who received services and have health insurance.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: March 9, 2011

The House sent a clear message Tuesday it didn't like the idea that people getting sex-change operations could have their birth certificates changed to reflect the new gender.

The House of Representatives rejected House Bill 1397 by a vote of 71-23.

Only a small part of the measure dealt with those who had surgical sex-change operations. The majority of the 62-page bill dealt with allowing the state Health Department or city-county health departments to bill insurance companies for those who received services and have health insurance.

It also would have allowed the agencies to accept credit cards for payments, said the bill's author, Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove.

During questioning on the bill, Cox was asked about a line in the bill that read the Health Department could change the birth certificate when it “received a request to change the gender on a birth record following gender reassignment surgery.”

Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, who was opposed last year by a transgendered candidate, asked if birth certificates would reflect the operation. Cox replied no.

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