A Utah state senator is proposing a bill that would allow people to legally change their gender through the court system.
Republican Todd Weiler is moving to allow the change after several state judges refused to grant gender changes, according to Fox 13. Weiler said the bill will clarify the process that people go through to get the change on their birth certificate.
“The intent is to provide Utah judges with some statutory criteria against which they can evaluate the petitions that are already being filed (and granted),” Weiler tweeted. “From my vantage point, the #utleg has failed its responsibility to do that and is allowing judges to make it up on their own.”
Despite a Utah Supreme Court case being in process against a pair of judges who denied gender changes, Weiler said that his bill will not affect the proceedings.
“We are working alongside Senator Weiler and our hope is to pass legislation that will provide dignity and respect to Utah’s transgender community,” Equality Utah director Troy Williams said.