Lawmaker wants gender-neutral Arizona driver’s licenses

By Howard Fischer | Cronkite News

A Green Valley lawmaker wants motorists to have more than the current either-or choice of “male” or “female” on state-issued driver’s licenses.

The proposal by Democrat Rosanna Gabaldon would permit a third choice of “nonbinary” for those who identify as not exclusively one or the other. Her HB 2075 would make the same option available for state-issued ID cards for those who do not drive.

“These individuals don’t recognize themselves as male or female,” she told Capitol Media Services. Gabaldon said her measure would simply recognize the identity of the people who hold the cards.

“I don’t see it as controversial,” she said.

But Gabaldon is facing not only the hurdle of getting a hearing for her legislation — prior efforts have fallen short — but also an active effort to legally preclude what she wants.

HB 2080, crafted by Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, would bar any state agency, board, commission or department from issuing any document that has anything other than “male” or “female” as the individual’s sex.

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