MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama has filed a lawsuit against a number of state officials in an effort to force the Licensing Bureau of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to allow residents with gender dysphoria to be able to change their driver’s license to the opposite sex without having a “sex-change” operation.
“Defendants are responsible for the establishment and enforcement of a policy that prevents transgender people in Alabama from obtaining a driver license that reflects their gender, unless they undergo surgical procedures and disclose information about those procedures to the government,” the complaint reads. “Under the policy, proof of surgery is required for an accurate driver license regardless of whether the surgery is necessary, desired, safe, or within the financial means of the individual.”
The organization filed the challenge on behalf of two men who identify as women, and one man who identifies as a woman, who state that they have not been permitted to change their licenses without providing proof of surgery. It acknowledged that gender dysphoria is a medical condition and that standard treatments “do not ‘change’ a person’s gender.”
“Instead, it brings a person’s social interactions, appearance, and body into greater alignment with the person’s already-existing gender identity, which helps to alleviate the distress associated with gender dysphoria,” the lawsuit states.
However, the ACLU contends that even though hormone treatments, changes in appearance and surgery do not actually change the person’s sex, requiring those with gender dysphoria to carry documents that don’t reflect how they feel can be harmful.
“Forcing transgender people to use identity documents that do not match their gender identity, or forcing them to go without identity documents, is inconsistent with medical protocols. It can cause anxiety and distress to the transgender person and result in discrimination and violence against them,” it asserts.
The ACLU claims that Alabama’s policies violate the complainants’ right to privacy, as well as their right to refuse medical treatment that is undesired as some do not wish to obtain sex-change operations or cannot afford the procedures. One of the plaintiffs has obtained surgery, but officials have still declined to change his driver’s license.
The organization is asking the court to declare Alabama’s policy unconstitutional, and to issue a injunction against their enforcement while ordering the state to change the sex marked on the complainants’ driver’s licenses.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has declined to comment on pending litigation.
As previously reported, Scripture states that those who turn God’s creation “upside down” are like the clay telling the potter that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
Romans 9:20 says, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, ‘Why hast thou made me thus?’”
Isaiah 29:16 also declares, “Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay, for shall the work say of Him that made it, ‘He made me not?’ Or shall the thing framed say of Him that framed it, ‘He had no understanding?’”
Deuteronomy 22:5 further outlines, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”
“Doth not even nature itself teach you that if a man have long hair it is a shame unto him?” 1 Corinthians 11:14 additionally notes.