A Democratic Oklahoma state representative who identifies as "nonbinary" complained after Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt insisted there was "no such thing as non-binary sex."
The governor made his remarks after a legal settlement prompted the Oklahoma State Department of Health to begin allowing residents to identify as nonbinary on their birth certificates. Stitt explained that he believes the change was made without "proper approval or oversight."
"I believe that people are created by God to be male or female. Period," Stitt said in a statement last week. "There is no such thing as non-binary sex and I wholeheartedly condemn the purported OSDH court settlement that was entered into by rogue activists who acted without receiving proper approval or oversight ... I will be taking whatever action necessary to protect Oklahoma values and our way of life."
Oklahoma state Rep. Mauree Turner claimed the governor's views "adamantly oppose" her existence.
"If you have to work with people who adamantly oppose your existence, right, to the point to where we can't work together, you can't talk to me, you can't talk to me like I'm a human being, you don't see me, that damages anyone’s working relationship," Turner said, Fox 25 reports.
Turner was elected in 2020 and is the first nonbinary lawmaker in the state of Oklahoma.
"To be able to have that autonomy and have that part, that real intimate part of you really kind of recognized in a big way is really, really important in more ways than one," Turner continued.
Seventeen states and Washington D.C. recognize nonbinary as a gender identification on a birth certificate, Newsweek reports.
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Original Author: Matthew Miller