The state of Ohio is being sued on behalf of a few transgender persons who are demanding that they be able to change their birth certificates to reflect their “gender identity.” The state’s unwillingness to do so violates their constitutional rights, the plaintiffs argue.  In a lawsuit filed last week by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union, the four transgender individuals

— three men and one woman — claim that the state’s refusal to allow them to have new birth certificates coerces them into endorsing the “government’s position as to their own gender, as well as on the meaning of gender generally, through the birth certificate they must show to others.” The government’s position is therefore an infringement on their free speech rights guaranteed by the first Amendment, the lawsuit maintains.  READ MORE