Lambda Legal Victorious in Idaho Transgender Birth Certificate Lawsuit 

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Lambda Legal, an LGBT legal advocacy organization, chalked up a win in Idaho on March 5, when a U.S. District Court ordered Gem State officials to allow transgender people to correct their Idaho birth certificates to reflect their gender identities.

In her order, U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale determined current Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare rules, which bar people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates unless applicants can prove an error was made on the form at birth, violate the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the 14th Amendment. Though there are exceptions to the IDHW rule—adoptive parents can make changes to birth certificates on behalf of their children without recording the change on reissued certificates, for example—Dale determined the rules regarding such changes were different for transgender people as a category.

The suit was filed in April of 2017 by Lambda on behalf of two transgender Idahoans. Now, IDHW has until Friday, April 6, to begin accepting applications from transgender people to amend the sex on their birth certificates.
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