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Wisconsin Birth Certificates to Have Gender-Neutral Options


Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says that the state's birth forms should include gender-neutral options for identifying the parents of a child.

Evers and the state Department of Health Services announced Monday that starting July 1, forms that are used to generate birth certificates will include “parent-parent” and “parent giving birth” options in addition to the current “mother-father” option for identifying parents.

New forms will also be made available in English, Spanish and Hmong.

Evers says the change reflect his administration's commitment to gender-neutral terminology and “to recognizing that Wisconsin families are diverse and should be valued and respected.”