One Colorado Statement on Defeat of Birth Certificate Modernization Act

March 28, 2018

One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families released the following statement from Executive Director Daniel Ramos on the decision by Senate Republicans on the State, Veterans, and Military to vote down the Birth Certificate Modernization Act on a party-line vote:

“For the fourth year in a row, Senate Republicans on the State Affairs committee had the opportunity to do right by the thousands of transgender people in Colorado, and pass a bill that would eliminate costly and painful barriers that stand between them and having a birth certificate that reflects who they are. And for the fourth year in a row, Senate Republicans on this committee chose to vote down this bill on a party-line vote.”

“A birth certificate is one of the most important documents a person can have. Yet currently, transgender Coloradans must first undergo surgery, and go publicly before a judge before they can update the gender on their birth certificates. Transgender people whose birth certificates reflect their sex at birth, not their current gender, risk being denied housing, employment opportunities, and the right to vote. It frankly bewilders the mind that, after four years of compelling testimony from transgender Coloradans from all across the state and of all ages, the Senate majority still won’t let this bill out of committee.”

“I can guarantee that, no matter how many times we have to bring this bill forward, we will continue to fight to pass a bill that would not only bring Colorado law in line with federal policy, but would support transgender Coloradans so they can fully live their lives as who they are.”