America’s current least favorite governor, New Jersey’s Chris Christie, has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender people to change their gender markers without surgery.
Since 1984, New Jersey law has required that trans* folks have gender confirmation surgery in order to change the gender marker listed on their birth certificate. This bill would have relaxed those standards, allowing anyone who has undergone “clinically appropriate treatment” to receive a gender marker change, since not every trans* person has access to or the desire for surgery.
But nope. Christie said that would create opportunities for ”fraud, deception and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.” From ThinkProgress:
Garden State Equality’s Troy Stevenson condemned the veto as a “vindictive move to punish the LGBT community,” highlighting that the bill would “have zero effect on anyone else.” Indeed, Christie’s vague allusions to fraud ironically mirror the kind of suspicion — and resulting invasive searches— that transgender people can experience when their identification does not reflect their appearance.
Unless the legislature manages to find the votes to overturn this veto, sterilizing and expensive surgery will still be required in New Jersey for transgender people to achieve full recognition.
I hate you so much, Chris Christie. So much.