Christie blocks bill to allow transgender people to get new birth certificate

Christopher Baxter NJ Advance Media

For the second time in two years, Gov. Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would have permitted people who underwent a clinical sex change procedure to amend their gender designation on their birth certificates.

The bill (S1195) would have allowed a person's licensed health care provider to certify they had undergone clinically appropriate treatment for gender transition, based on contemporary medical standards, or the person has an intersex condition.

Currently, a birth certificate can only be changed if someone has specifically undergone sex reassignment surgery.

"I remain committed to the principle that efforts to significantly alter State law concerning the issuance of vital records that have the potential to create legal uncertainties should be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved," Christie wrote.

Christie in his veto again asked the Legislature to take additional measures to alleviate his concerns of "fraud, deception, and abuse."

A sponsor of the bill, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), said in a statement the Republican governor, who is running for president, was pandering to conservative voters.

"Instead of updating a standard state procedure to be more inclusive and reflective of our changing society, the governor has once again chosen to pander to the right by masquerading behind baseless arguments," Vainieri Huttle said.

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