Gov. Evers announces gender-neutral options for Wisconsin parents on birth certificates

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FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday, July 10, 2020, overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking decades of court precedent that upheld the governor’s broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of Evers’ vetoes and declined to consider a challenge to a pair of partial vetoes issued by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2017, saying the 2019 lawsuit was filed too late.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

(WFRV) – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has announced gender-neutral language options for birth certificates.

Starting July 1, Wisconsin parents will have a new, gender-neutral option for identifying the parents of a child. Birth forms used to generate birth certificates will be updated to include an option of ‘parent-parent’ in addition to ‘mother-father’.

There are other changes coming to birth forms on July 1 as well. They will include ‘parent giving birth’ and making the form available in English, Spanish and Hmong. The changes are consistent with other public forms within Vital Records that use spouse-spouse and other gender-neutral languages.

“This change reflects my and my administration’s commitment to gender-neutral terminology and to recognizing that Wisconsin families are diverse and should be valued and respected,” said Governor Evers.

After July 1, individuals who would like to request that the label on their or their child’s existing birth certificate be switched can contact the Vital Records Office.

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