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Panel advances bill easing gender switch on birth certificates

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A bill moving through the Hawaii House would enable transgender people to switch the gender identification on their birth certificates without having a sex change operation.

The bill passed out of the House Committee on Health Wednesday.

The bill lifts the surgery requirement and instead calls for a statement from a licensed medical or mental health provider.

Supporters say having identification that's in synch with a person's name and appearance could reduce harassment in schools and the workplace. They argue requiring surgery is outdated and prohibits transgender people from fully participating in society.

Opponents say a birth certificate is a historical record. They say allowing people to change it could impact couples contemplating a marriage or officiants performing the ceremony.

The bill now goes to the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

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