New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would allow transgenders to change their gender on their birth certificate. This is the second time the New Jersey legislature passed this legislation and it’s also the second time the presidential candidate vetoed it.
For the second time in 18 months, Governor Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would allow transgendered people to amend their birth certificates without proof that they had undergone a sex-change operation.
Christie’s reasoning echoed his previous concerns about security and the possibility that the bill would create “legal uncertainties”
“Birth certificates unlock access to many of our nation and state’s critical and protected benefits such as passports, driver’s licenses, and social services, as well as other important security-dependent allowances,”
Christie wrote in his veto message. “Accordingly, I remain committed to the principle that efforts to significantly alter state law concerning the issuance of vital records that have the potential to create legal uncertainties should be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.”
Christie cited fraud and abuse as reasons for halting this change. Critics charge that this veto is politically motivated as he is running for President. Critics also say the veto would force transgenders to have a sex change operation since that is their only option if they want to legally be the opposite sex.
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H/T: Hot Air