Court Rules Transgender Birth Certificate Restriction Unconstitutional – By Steven M. Ellis, Staff Writer

A state law that allows transgender individuals to change the gender on their California birth certificates but requires them to file to do so where they reside unconstitutionally penalizes those who move out of state, the First District Court of Appeal ruled Friday.

Concluding the law effectively denied a California-born Kansas resident the right to a new birth certificate because Kansas law does not permit such a change, Div. One held the residency requirement violated the right of interstate travel under the U.S. Constitution.