Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D), along with the state’s Department of Health Services, announced on Monday the inclusion of a gender-neutral option for the parents of any children on their birth certificates, according to Fox 6 Milwaukee.
The change by the governor will allow any Wisconsin parents to select “parent-parent” on birth forms, instead of the more traditional “mother-father” label. The new gender-neutral option is slated to take effect on July 1 of this year.
“This change reflects my and my administration’s commitment to gender-neutral terminology and to recognizing that Wisconsin families are diverse and should be valued and respected,” Evers proclaimed, according to Fox 6. “I am glad to see this change being made as we continue to update our state policies and procedures to better reflect the Wisconsinites we serve.”
But not everyone from Wisconsin seemed as thrilled about the announcement as Governor Evers. Representative Gae Magnafici of the 28th Assembly District labeled the new gender-neutral move as a clear denial of science from far-left liberals.
“As the Assembly chair of Family Law, a nurse, and a mom, I am insulted. I’m calling on Governor Evers to stop downplaying womanhood, stop downplaying motherhood, and stop downplaying settled science,” Magnafici added.
The announcement, however surprising to some, does not represent much of an outlier. Earlier this month, New York passed a bill that allows people to identify as the gender-neutral “X” on birth certificates and driver licenses, according to The Hill.