The clueless wonders over at “Think Progress” are having a sh*t fit over Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would have allowed “transgender persons” who haven’t undergone a surgical sex change to legally change the sex on their birth certificates. First, the story – via NJ.com:
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill today that would have permitted people who underwent a clinical sex change procedure to amend their gender designation on their birth certificates.
Christie said changing a birth certificate would create opportunities for “fraud, deception and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.”
Since 1984, state law has required the Department of Health to issue new birth certificates to people who have undergone sex change surgery. But not every transgender person goes that route, with some choosing hormone therapy instead.
The bill, (A4097) would have applied to people who have undergone “clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition, based on contemporary medical standards, or that the person has an intersex condition,” according to the legislation.
You can read Christie’s full statement on why he (rightly) vetoed this bill here. Key section:
A birth certificate is an important legal document. In many instances, the production of a birth certificate is a prerequisite to obtaining other critical identification documents that factor into decisions concerning employment, financial services, education, and travel. Birth certificates are often required to complete myriad security-related tasks. Accordingly, proposed measures that revise the standards for the issuance of amended birth certificates may result in significant legal uncertainties and create opportunities for fraud, deception, and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.
Unlike many other states, New Jersey already has an administrative process in place to streamline applications to amend birth certificates for gender purposes without court order. Under the proposal before me, however, the sponsors seek to alter the amended birth certificate application process without maintaining appropriate safeguards. Consequently, further consideration is necessary to determine whether to make such significant changes to State law concerning the issuance of vital records.
Not surprising anyone, the leftists over at Think Progress, including their commenters, are OUTRAGED that this “homophobic governor” – one who has probably done more to placate the gay left than most other Republican governors – would dare defy them:
Garden State Equality’s Troy Stevenson condemned the veto as a “vindictive move to punish the LGBT community,” highlighting that the bill would “have zero effect on anyone else.” Indeed, Christie’s vague allusions to fraud ironically mirror the kind of suspicion — and resulting invasive searches — that transgender people can experience when their identification does not reflect their appearance.
Unless the legislature manages to find the votes to overturn this veto, sterilizing and expensive surgery will still be required in New Jersey for transgender people to achieve full recognition.
I agree with Christie here, but I’ll take it a step further: I don’t understand why people who HAVE undergone a surgical sex change are allowed to change their BIRTH certificate. If you aren’t BORN a woman but have a sex change later to “be”one, that will never change the fact that you weren’t born one, and – accordingly – your birth certificate shouldn’t be altered. Admittedly, I am not an expert on the topic – especially seeing as “transgender issues” have oddly become burning issues over the last year or so – so someone, please tell me: is there another way to legally change your gender that doesn’t involve altering your bc?
Back to transgender folks who choose not to have surgery, don’t you dig the alarmist tone in the Think Progress piece? It insinuates that transgenders who elect not to have surgery to make it “official” would rather go through the gross invasiveness of a surgical sex change rather than the uncomfortable and invasive airport searches that the rest of us do. Huh?
I guess none of this would really get to me much if it weren’t for the fact that our society has gone full-fledged cuckoo on the issue of gender and gender roles. Essentially, radical feminists, the militant gay left, and other like-minded allies on the far left are trying to make it so that there is no such thing as a set “sex” at birth. Ya know, in spite of the fact that 99% of the time biology tells us otherwise. Furthermore, they think it’s perfectly acceptable for you to “identify” as the opposite gender even if you have no intentions whatsoever of making it official. They also believe that it’s “discriminatory” for boys and girls to have different bathrooms, especially when you consider that – per them – young people in particular might be “confused” at having certain body parts while mentally identifying as the other sex. Some even say there’s really no difference between boys and girls/men and women. Some of these same people have also been engaged in longtime campaigns to effectively neuter young boys, and the harmful effects of that are unfortunately being realized.
Here’s a newsflash for you, leftists: If you think young people – and adults, for that matter – are “confused” about gender and gender roles now, especially now in light of your campaign to more or less extinguish them, if your campaigns are ultimately successful we’ll see a widespread confusion over gender and gender roles an an epic level previously unseen, which will create myriad problems in our everyday lives – and when and if that happens, all fingers will point angrily and directly to you as its enablers.