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Hawaii bill for birth certificate gender change passes

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Legislature has passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates.

Right now, people in Hawaii are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery if they want to make that change. But the state House and Senate approved a bill Tuesday that removes the surgical requirement, sending the bill to Gov. David Ige.

Many people don't want to have surgery or can't afford to. Advocates say this paves the way for transgender people to access life's necessities and participate more fully in society.

At least six other states have made similar changes to their birth certificate laws.

Republican Sen. Sam Slom says everyone's born as a man or woman and the state's heading down a sketchy slope.

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