Voters in California will have the chance to overturn an anti-gay marriage law, a judge in Kansas ruled that trans people can no longer change their sex on their driver's licenses, and a business owner in Michigan will not service trans people.
Voters Will Have a Chance to Overturn Anti-Gay Marriage Law
According to the Associated Press, California voters can vote in 2024 on whether to remove a 2008 gay marriage ban that hasn’t been enforced since a 2013 Supreme Court ruling allowing the state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The California Senate passed a proposed constitutional amendment on July 13 to repeal Proposition 8 which puts it in the hands of voters next year.
“What we are doing today is joyous,” said Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat representing San Francisco. “What the voters, I believe, will do next year is joyous. This is about recognizing the fundamental humanity of all 40 million Californians.”
Judge: Trans Residents Must Stop Changing Sex on IDs
Teresa Watson via shawneecourt.org.
According to the Associated Press, a judge ruled on July 10 that Kansas cannot allow trans residents to change their sex on their driver’s licenses.
This ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach against Gov. Laura Kelly to enforce a Kansas law that took effect on July 1 that requires state identification to match a person’s birth sex.
The order comes from District Judge Teresa Watson and will be effective for up to two weeks.
“Licenses are used by law enforcement to identify criminal suspects, crime victims, wanted persons, missing persons and others,” Watson wrote. “Compliance with state legal requirements for identifying license holders is a public safety concern.”
Business Owner: Trans People Not Welcome Here
Christine Geiger. Photo via Robert Mojica Honig, Facebook.
According to The Kansas City Star, a hair salon owner in Michigan has stated that she will not provide service to members of the LGBT community who use pronouns she doesn’t approve of.
“If a human identifies as anything other than a man/woman, please seek services at a local pet groomer,” said a Facebook post from Christine Geiger, the owner of Studio 8 Hair Lab in Traverse City. “You are not welcome at this salon. Period.”
Greiger continued her sentiment in a July 9 post in a Facebook group for Traverse City locals.
“This stance was taken to ensure that clients have the best experience, and I am admitting that since I am not willing to play the pronoun game or cater to requests outside what I perceive as normal,” Geiger said.
“Hate has shown time and time again to be a losing business strategy, and we must not allow this blight to take root in our town,” the organization said.