The state of Oregon just made history, and for a really bad reason: it's the first state in America to add a "third gender" option to drivers' licenses. Now, if you are getting a license, you can choose from male, female, and X. What is "X?" Well, that's the option you select if you were born a male or female and don't want to admit it. NBC has the story:
Oregon became the first state in U.S. history on Thursday to offer more than two gender options on identity documents, including driver's licenses, making it the first to legally recognize non-binary, intersex and agender people on ID cards.
When the history-making rule — which the state Transportation Commission passed late Thursday afternoon — goes into effect on July 3, Oregon residents will have the option to choose among three gender categories when applying for driver's licenses or state ID cards: male, female and "X" for non-binary or unspecified.
Portland resident Jamie Shupe, who is a man, will apply for a non-binary driver's license next month. He told NBC News, "I've trembled with the fear of failure and cried tears until I had no more tears to cry, because of the magnitude of what's been at stake — and now won. But in the end, the huge legal and non-binary civil rights battle that I expected to unfold going into this never came to pass; simply because this was always the right thing to do all along."
Here's what the new licenses will look like:
No matter how uncomfortable Shupe is with his biological gender, the science remains. Anatomy and objective biological functions determine a person’s gender. It's not a societal construct, as liberals maintain. It's a biological one.
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