Oregon Gov Kate Brown Signs Transgender Law

HB 2673a
HB 2673a
Governor Kate Brown / Twitter

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law HB 2673a which creates an alternative process for persons seeking to change name and sex on vital record for purpose of affirming gender identity.

Gov Brown tweeted while signing “Proud to sign the landmark transgender equality bill into law today. Government has no business dictating personal identity.”

The law creates an alternative process for transgender people seeking to change their sex and name on vital record for purpose of affirming gender identity. The law which eliminates the requirement for courts to publicly post court orders changing name or gender identity takes effect on 91st day following adjournment of the legislature.

It wasn’t a slam dunk in the House with 37 yes with 23 Republicans voting no. The Senate voted 23 yes with 7 Republicans joining Democrats voting yes. Seven Senate Republicans voted no and one democrat did not vote.

The ceremonial signing videos are in two parts with an introduction from Dani Bernstein of Basic Rights Oregon . The second, and a must see is of the splendid Gov. Kate Brown.

Not to put a damper on this wonderful achievement but Dani Bernstein did make mention of areas of the country where freedom is under attack. That would be my state of Texas. So it’s so important to see the contrast between the welcoming inclusive legislators of Oregon and that of bigoted hateful Texas legislators and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as they came to terms with the fact that they couldn’t force anti-transgender legislation during the regular session.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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