New “Transgender” Birth Certificate Law Further Clouds Definition of Family, NJ Public Policy Expert Says

    The law revises procedures for people who have changed their gender and name to get an amended birth certificates.

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    A new law that allows New Jersey residents to change the gender listed on their birth certificates weakens the Judeo-Christian concept of a nuclear family, according to one prominent New Jersey legislative advocate.

    Len Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, said there has been a “real disintegeration of what the family is,” based on changes in the culture, including the new transgender birth certificate law Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed.

    The law revises procedures for people who have changed their gender and name to get an amended birth certificates. Until the change, someone had to receive gender reassignemnt surgery in order to amend the gender on a their birth certificate. The law requires the state registrar of vital statistics to issue an amended birth certificate to someone who can show that their gender and name have been changed. It does not pertain to a newborns’ birth certificate. (See related: NJ Public Schools Now Required To Teach LGBT History)

    “For many years, the family has been seen as a nuclear unit of a father, mother, and children, but now we have all sorts of combinations, so it’s really rocking the world of what we used to consider normal,” Deo said.

    Normal, Deo said, is what God prescribes in the Bible as one man and one woman being married and having children.

    “New Jersey law needs to recognize current practices for gender transitioning, which include nonsurgical therapies, and must afford transgender individiuals the same broad protection of their rights as all citizens to have official identificate that reflects their gender,” said state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, who co-sponsored the bill changing the law. ‘From applying for travel documents or driver’s licenses to school registration, a birth certificate is a necessary document and must be consistently with reality.”

    Deo said the change is, most likely, here to stay.

    “It’s very hard to undo something once it has been put into law,” Deo said. “When we deal with public policy, we deal with the general population and the impact that our society has as a whole.”

    Transgender advocates, like the Transgender American Veterans Association ,called the change, “great news.” Jennifer Long, treasurer of the association’s New Jersey chapter, said the change was “revolutionary, protects privacy, and helps prevent discrimination.”

    By Daniel Hubbard, editor

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