Tuesday, November 29

Ohio Supreme Court Approves New Form for Correcting Birth Certificate

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A revised standard probate form is now available for use by those seeking to correct their birth certificate.

The Ohio Supreme Court approved the revision of this form–effective date: August 3–following the decision in December by a federal judge striking down Ohio’s policy that prohibited transgender people born in this state from correcting the gender markers on their Ohio birth certificates. The case was brought forth by the ACLU of Ohio, ACLU, Lambda Legal, and Thompson Hine LLP in March 2018 on behalf of four transgender clients who were born in Ohio.

Equality Ohio had previously announced that their legal team would take on cases to change Ohio birth certificate gender markers:

Legal Clinic intake forms can be filled out at any time before or after June 1st. Legal team support is available to any LGBTQ+ identified Ohioan who has an income within 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. If you cannot fill out the form online, call our message line at 855-LGBT-LAW, and a specialist will contact you to help you through the intake process.

Additionally, Equitas Health and TransOhio have a number of upcoming “Name and Gender Change Legal Clinics.” With support from Equality Ohio and financial assistance available from Living With Change, these clinics provide an opportunity to interact with trained attorneys who will provide one-on-one counseling about the gender marker- and name-changing process for Ohio citizens.

Individuals can also embark on their process on their own with Equitas’ step-by-step guide.

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    • Yeah, still waiting on that, too.

      I had to contact Equality Ohio and get a lawyer to even get information on what the new requirements are. They said they can’t even promise it’ll work! Sickening.

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