Before undergoing sex-change surgery in 2007, Kari Rothkopf drove from her Wisconsin home to the vital records office in Springfield to ask about switching the gender on her birth certificate from male to female.These are people who WANT to change their birth certificates. The Illinois Dept. of Vital Records that says they can't is the same Illinois Dept. of Vital Records that so blithely changes adoptee birth certificates when we DON'T want them changed. The same ACLU that is advocating in favor of these citizens is the same ACLU that advocates against adoptee records access. Is anyone else choking on a heaping mouthful of irony?
In August 2007, a clerk and her supervisor told Rothkopf, who was born in Dixon, Ill., that the birth certificate couldn't be changed because she had planned to have her sex reassignment surgery outside the United States. On Tuesday, Rothkopf, 36, and Chicago resident Victoria "Tori" Kirk, both of whom had their sex-change surgeries in Thailand, sued the State of Illinois.
Their lawsuit, filed by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the denials a violation of state law and asked a judge to order that their birth certificates be changed.
Maybe the Dept. of Vital Records should provide transsexuals the ability to change their birth certificates for a tasty fee, just like they charge adoptees who attempt to access their original birth certificates. Or, even better, why not seal transsexuals' birth certificates, so their current-gender selves are denied access unless they go through a registry or intermediary to contact their previous-gender selves? Of course their previous-gender selves can file a denial, just in case their current-gender selves turn out to be stalkers. After all, it works for adoptees, right? (crickets chirping...)
(For all I know the state already has some way to amend the BCs for a price, since they're clearly in the business of mucking around with peoples' birth certificates. And on an off-topic note, I find it offensive that a word search at Chicago Tribune for "transsexual" brings up Google ads for "free sex offender search," "educator misconduct" and "clergy abuse.")