Gov. Kevin Stitt orders Health Department to stop issuing nonbinary birth certificates

Gov. Kevin Stitt has ordered the Oklahoma Health Department to stop issuing gender-neutral birth certificates.

After Oklahoma issued its first nonbinary birth certificate last month, Stitt signed an executive order Monday to block the state from issuing more birth certificates with an “X” gender marker.

In the order, Stitt said that by issuing a gender-neutral birth certificate, the health department amended the document in a manner not allowed by state law.

Stitt also called on the Oklahoma Legislature to pass legislation next year on state-issued birth certificates that indicates “a designation of non-binary is contrary to Oklahoma Law.”

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