ACLU sues Michigan over transgender driver’s licenses
Detroit — The state of Michigan is being sued over its refusal to change gender identities on driver’s licenses without a new birth certificate.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is representing six transgender people who no longer recognize their birth gender. But the ACLU says the secretary of state won’t allow them to change their license unless they present an amended birth certificate.
The ACLU says that’s “difficult if not impossible.” A lawsuit filed Thursday in Detroit federal court asks that Michigan’s policy be declared unconstitutional.
The ACLU says an amended birth certificate in Michigan requires proof of transgender surgery, although most transgender people don’t want surgery.
Secretary of State spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau says the agency is following state law.
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