Utah Vital Statistics Act Amendment (HB 153)
This law was last updated on Feb 14, 2019
HB 153 would amend provisions regarding the completion and amendment of a birth certificate in order to prohibit transgender citizens from being able to change the gender on their birth certificates.
The bill would define “male” to mean:
[…]an individual with testes who is confirmed before or at birth to have external anatomical characteristics that appear to have the purpose of performing the natural reproductive function of providing and delivering sperm to a female recipient.
The bill would define “female” to mean:
[…]an individual with ovaries who is confirmed before or at birth to have external anatomical characteristics that appear to have the purpose of performing the natural reproductive function of providing eggs and receiving sperm from a male donor.
The bill would define “sex” to mean:
[…]male or female, the innate and immutable characteristics established at conception and that can be confirmed before or at birth.
Birth Registration Requirements
HB 153 would require birth certificates to be completed as fully as possible and include:
- the date, time, and place of birth;
- each parent’s name and address;
- the name of the child;
- the sex of the child as male or female or, if the sex cannot be factually determined at birth, undetermined;
- other related information as required by the state registrar; and
- the name and signature of the individual who completes the certificate.
Current state law does not specifically require the sex of the child to be included.
Amendment of Birth Certificate
The bill would remove the provision that allows a person who has a name change or “sex change” approved by court order to file such change with the state registrar.
Instead, the bill would only allow a person to amend their birth certificate—by court order—in order to change their name or correct any factual errors. Courts would be prohibited from allowing transgender citizens to change the marker on their birth certificate later in life.
1/22/19 – Prefiled.
1/29/19 – Introduced.
2/14/19 – Held; effectively killed.