An article posted on the Stuff website is headed Transgender rights debate: Separating the facts from the fiction
The writer, one Cecile Meier, might usefully have consulted a recent Point of Order report before deciding she had put the misunderstandings to rights – at least on the political process.
Her article rightly says transgender people have to go through a long and costly process to change the sex on their birth certificate. This involves an application to the Family Court providing proof they’ve had medical treatment to transition.
The process for changing a New Zealand licence or passport is much simpler: people need only make a statutory declaration, which involves an authorised witness or justice of the peace.
At issue is whether birth certificates should be changed as easily a driving licence or passport.
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