- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A bill that would make it easier for transgender people to update their names and gender on their birth certificates is progressing through the Connecticut General Assembly.

An early vote showed the proposed legislation cleared the legislature’s Public Health Committee on Monday. A final tally was expected later in the day.

Connecticut already has a law allowing people to change the sex on their birth certificates, but so long as they’ve undergone sex reassignment surgery.

Proponents of the legislation contend that standard is outdated. They said the course of care for gender transition doesn’t always involve surgery.

Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles already allows transgender people to change the gender designation on their driver’s licenses without showing proof of surgery.

The bill awaits further action in the House of Representatives.

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