(CNSNews.com) - In a departure from basic biology and accurate identification, the U.S. State Department is "promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people -- including LGBTQI+ persons -- by allowing passport applicants to choose the gender that suits them.
In a statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the Department is updating its procedures for issuing passports and "Consular Reports of Birth Abroad" (CRBA) to ensure "the fair treatment of LGBTQI+ U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender or sex."
The announcement continued:
Most immediately, we will be updating our procedures to allow applicants to self-select their gender as “M” or “F” and will no longer require medical certification if an applicant’s self-selected gender does not match the gender on their other citizenship or identity documents.
The Department has begun moving towards adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a passport or CRBA. We are evaluating the best approach to achieve this goal.
The process of adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons to these documents is technologically complex and will take time for extensive systems updates.
The Department will also be working closely with its interagency partners to ensure as smooth a travel experience as possible for the passport holder. As we work towards this longer-term goal of making available a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons seeking a passport or CRBA, the Department will provide updates on the process and any interim solutions via our website.
The announcement said the State Department is taking these steps "after considerable consultation with like-minded governments who have undertaken similar changes."
"We also value our continued engagement with the LGBTQI+ community, which will inform our approach and positions moving forward. With this action, I express our enduring commitment to the LGBTQI+ community today and moving forward," Blinken said.