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California to legally recognize people who can't decide are they male or female

Staff Writer | October 19, 2017
California recently became the first state in the nation to expand its identification markers to legally recognize a third gender.
Governor Jerry Brown
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Governor Jerry Brown signed The Gender Recognition Act or Senate Bill 179 into law.

The legislation was approved as part of a batch of measures crossing Brown's desk in the final bill action of the year.

Most of the recently signed bills will go into effect at the start of next year, but this bill won't take effect until Jan. 1, 2019.

Under the new law, Californians are given the option to choose a third, nonbinary gender category on state-issued IDs, birth certificates and driver's licenses.

Nonbinary is an umbrella term for people who do not identify as male or female.

The measure is also said to make it easier for a person to correct their gender on legal documents by no longer requiring a physician's statement declaring that the individual has undergone "clinical treatment."

That's a departure from states that require approvals before residents can choose between male or female on legal documents.