Birth Certificate Bill Killed In SD House Committee, Revived By “Smoke Out”

      A bill in the South Dakota House requiring the sex on someone’s birth certificate to reflect their biology at birth was defeated Tues morning in committee on a 7-6 vote, but was revived later by the full House through a rarely-used legislative procedure known as a “smoke out.”

      The bill would prevent someone from amending their birth certificate later in life to reflect a sex reassignment. 

     LGBTQ advocates decried the bill and its revival as an attack on transgender people. Several, including pastors and transgender South Dakotans, testified against the bill in-person and over video call

       Around 15-20 protesters showed their opposition  outside the Capitol in single-digit temperatures.

       Bills that affect transgender people have become a perennial topic in the South Dakota legislature, although transgender advocates say they are making progress in getting their voices heard.

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