Lawmaker pulls proposed transgender birth certificate ban

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02/14/2019

A proposal that would have blocked transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates in Utah was shelved Thursday, prompting relief from LGBT advocates but leaving the issue in limbo. The legislation would have reversed longstanding practice in many parts of the state and had prompted warnings that it could put Utah in a negative national spotlight as Salt Lake City tries to attract a future Winter Olympics. “I don’t think anyone in Utah, including the governor, would want to do anything to put at risk attracting Fortune 500 companies and international sporting events,” Republican Sen. Todd Weiler said. He had a competing proposal to create a clear process for changing gender on state documents, but he also decided to put it on hold for the year.

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