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Gujari Singh ACLU of Montana, 631-404-9977; Gillian Branstetter, ACLU, (212) 549-2666,; Courtney DeMesme-Anders, (213) 629-6058,, Nixon Peabody 

May 24, 2022

BILLINGS, MT – Yesterday, the State issued an emergency rule stating that it will not comply with the Court’s order to return to the 2017 standard for changing the gender marker on birth certificates.  

The following statement was issued by the ACLU of Montana, the ACLU Foundation LGBTQ & HIV Project, and Nixon Peabody LLP: 

"The Court order could not be more clear. The Court ordered the State to preserve the status quo by providing our clients and all transgender Montanans the ability to amend the gender marker on their birth certificates—as was the law prior to the passage of SB 280. The State is willfully refusing to comply, and in doing so is showing their true colors - these laws and regulations are about harming transgender Montanans. We intend to take this up in Court.”