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‘People Know What Gender They Are,’ Democrat State Senator Says, As Senate Passes Diverse ID Legislation

July 28, 2023

The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday allowing people to change their gender on government documents, including retroactively on marriage licenses, State House News Service reported.

The bill would require government documents to offer more options for gender besides male and female.

“People know what gender they are,” state Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton) said Thursday, July 27, according to State House News Service. “They don’t need a doctor’s note or the state to tell them. Our current binary options are archaic, limited, and overly restrictive, and have created a situation where government is infringing on people’s civil right to self-identify.”

The marriage license portion was added to the bill during Senate debate, through an amendment sponsored by state Senator Barry Finegold (D-Andover). If the measure becomes law, amending one’s gender on a marriage license would require the consent of the person’s spouse.


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