Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) signed an executive order Monday stopping the state from issuing non-binary birth certificates.
The ordinance mandates the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) to “cease modifying birth certificates” in any manner that is inconsistent with state law and to “remove from its website any reference to modification of birth certificates” that is inconsistent. in accordance with state law.
Stitt further urged the Oklahoma State legislature to “promptly enact legislation that would clarify, to the extent necessary, changes in gender or gender on a birth certificate or a non-binary designation are in violation of Oklahoma law.”
Stitt’s mandate referred to a settlement reached by the Department of Health, under which the agency is required to “amend birth certificates in a manner not permitted under Oklahoma Law.”
According to local NBC affiliate KFOR, Kit Vivien Lorelied, who identifies as non-binary, filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Health in August 2020, after the department rejected their request for a name and gender reassignment on their Oklahoma birth certificate in December 2019. .
By rejecting the request, the agency said it could change Lorelied’s name, but getting their gender changed to non-binary was not an option.
As part of the settlement, the department issued a non-binary birth certificate to Lorelied last month, according to The Oklahoman.
The agency also agreed to update its website within 30 days of issuing their birth certificate to indicate that it will now issue birth certificates marking gender “X” following a court order, the newspaper noted.
Stitt condemned the settlement in late October, saying, “I believe humans were created by God to be male or female. Period.”
“There is no such thing as non-binary sex, and I wholeheartedly condemn the alleged OSDH legal settlement entered into by rogue activists who acted without receiving proper approval or oversight,” he continued.
The Hill has contacted the Department of Health for a comment.
Fifteen states allow residents to mark their birth certificates with male, female or “X” gender, according to the Movement Advancement Project. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia issue new birth certificates without gender reassignment surgery or a court order.