MD: Bill to allow unspecified gender on licenses advances in general assembly
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland legislators are pushing a bill forward that could dramatically change the type of information you put on your driver’s license. The Senate gave legislation that would give Marylanders a chance to select an unspecified gender on their driver’s license preliminary approval Wednesday. If passed and signed by the Governor, the bill would ensure that drivers are given an option between male, female, or unspecified. Government officials say that that designation would be represented by an “X” in the appropriate location.
“Whether it be taking the gender completely off the license, versus folks being able to choose which gender they want designated on their license, it’s going to be an interesting debate but I think making sure people are properly identified is important,” said Delegate Carl Anderton (R-District 38B).
Legislators say the measure would also prohibit the MVA from requiring an applicant to provide proof of gender or from denying an application because the sex selected by the applicant doesn’t match the sex displayed. Several states, including California, Colorado, and Minnesota have recently allowed the designation of an unspecified gender.