TRENTON, N.J. — Residents in the state of New Jersey may now more easily apply to amend their birth certificate to correspond with their “gender identity” rather than their birth sex after a new law took effect on Friday. The accommodation also allows residents to select a third option of “undesignated/nonbinary.”
The New Jersey Department of Health has posted information about the law on its website, characterizing the bill that was signed in July by Gov. Phil Murphy as being “landmark legislation.”
As previously reported, Murphy, a Democrat, similarly called the signing of the bill, S.B. 478, an “important day for New Jersey as we continue to strive toward equality for all of our residents, regardless of sex or gender expression.”
“Allowing vital records to match gender identity is an important step forward that will allow transgender individuals to control the disclosure of their transgender status,” he remarked.
The measure, known as the Babs Siperstein Law, instructs that the “State registrar shall issue an amended certificate of birth to a person born in this state who requests an amended certificate of birth which shows the gender and, if applicable, the name of the person as it has been changed.”
It is named after Babs Siperstein, the first elected “transgender” member of the Democratic National Committee.
The law eliminates the requirement to present documentation from the person’s physician that they have undergone a “sex change” operation. Applicants may now simply sign an attestation that the application is solely to “conform [their] legal gender to [their] gender identity and is not for any fraudulent purpose.”
Three options are provided on the request form: male, female and “undesignated/nonbinary.” The Department of Health outlines in its FAQ document that the term “encompasses all gender identities that are not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to: intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transsexual, Two Spirit, or otherwise unspecified.”
If the individual who wishes to amend their birth certificate is under age 18, their parent or guardian may apply on their behalf. Applicants may also change their birth name if they have obtained a court order granting their request to change their legal name.
“The Babs Siperstein Law is a historic, life-changing moment for transgender New Jerseyans,” Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality, said in a statement, according to NJ Advance Media. “New Jersey has always been a leader for LGBTQ equality, and this law moves us one step further in bringing dignity, respect and affirmation to every transgender person in our state.”
New Jersey now joins California, Oregon and Washington in providing a “gender neutral” option for those who desire to amend their birth certificate.
As previously reported, the Bible teaches that all men are in the same predicament: All are born with the Adamic sin nature and are “by nature the children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3), having various inherent inclinations that are contrary to the law of God and being utterly incapable of changing themselves. It is why Jesus outlined in John 3:5-7 that men must be regenerated by the second birth, or they cannot see the kingdom of Heaven.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus saith unto him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ‘Ye must be born again.’”
In his sermon “Regeneration,” the late Anglican preacher J.C. Ryle once said, “Can any change his own heart? No! The thing is impossible. We can no more quicken and impart life to our souls than we can to our bodies; we can no more rise and become new men in our own strength than wash away sins by our own performances. It is impossible! The natural man is as helpless as Lazarus was when he lay still and cold and motionless in the tomb. We may remove the stone, as it were, and expose the sad work of death—but we can do no more.”
“There must be a power far mightier than any power of earth in exercise before the natural man can awake and arise and come forth as a new creature. And to do all this is the special office of the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised to send. It is He who quickens; it is He who gives life.”