The Kentucky Senate has voted to pass a controversial anti-trans bill, which will now be sent to the Governor for approval.
The proposed legislation, which was introduced by Republican senator C.B. Embry Jr., seeks to prohibit transgender individuals from altering their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity.
The bill, which has been denounced by LGBT rights groups, passed by a narrow margin of 24-11. Supporters of the bill contend that it is necessary to protect the privacy of citizens, while opponents argue that it will only serve to further marginalize an already vulnerable population.
The proposed bill would require individuals to provide proof of gender reassignment surgery before they can alter their birth certificates. This has been met with fierce opposition from LGBT advocates, who argue that the bill is a direct attack on the rights of transgender people.
In addition, opponents of the bill contend that the proposed legislation is unconstitutional, as it conflicts with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
If the bill is approved by the Governor, it could have far-reaching implications for transgender individuals in the state of Kentucky. It could also set a dangerous precedent for other states considering similar legislation.
It remains to be seen whether the bill will receive approval from the Governor, or whether it will be struck down by the courts. Either way, it is sure to spark heated debate in the weeks and months to come.