Oregon residents can select a different gender option other than male or female when applying for a driver’s license in the state starting Monday.
Oregon’s Department of Motor Vehicles will now offer a third “X” option for non-binary or unspecified genders. If a person does not want to identify as a man or woman they have this third option. The rule was passed by the state’s Transportation Commission in mid June and fully supported by Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.
“We must proactively break down the barriers of institutional bias,” Brown said to NBC. Brown said the law will help create “a society that upholds the rights, liberties and dignity of each of its people.”
Oregon and Washington, D.C., are the only places in the United States that have successfully passed legislation like this but other states are working on it. California is close to passing Senate Bill 179 which passed the Senate in late May and is awaiting a vote from the state House.
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