Maryland to Include Non-Binary Gender Marker

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Maryland is rolling out a third gender option, “X” or “unspecified” for intersex or non-binary people on identification cards, driver’s licenses, and voter registrations.

Maryland passed a bill stating the Motor Vehicle Administration would have to offer the option by Oct. 1, according to the Los Angeles Times. Even though 51 percent of people polled in Maryland were opposed to the new gender marker, The Maryland State Board of Elections followed suit. 

“I think that government forms should reflect the diversity of the people that the government is serving and representing, and this is one way of reflecting that,” said Del. Julie Palakovich Carr, a Montgomery County Democrat, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The state’s election board voted unanimously to offer the third option.