Utah bill would create process to legally change gender
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah state senator has proposed a bill that would create a process for transgender people to legally change their gender through the courts.
Republican Sen. Todd Weiler of Woods Cross says the bill proposed on Thursday seeks to correct what he sees as a hole in Utah law.
Weiler says the Legislature has failed judges because it has not provided them with guidelines for changing one's gender on a birth certificate.
Weiler says Utah has a law going back to the 1950s that says judges can grant petitions to change names and gender. Some judges have used this law to grant gender change petitions, while others have denied requests.