In re Sex Change of Childers-GrayAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court denying Appellants' petitions to change their legal sex designations because the designations did not reflect their identities, holding that Appellants met the requirements for their sex-change petitions to be approved.
Under Utah Code 26-2-11(1), a person who has a name change or sex change approved by an order of a Utah district court can file the order with the state registrar with an application to change their birth certificate, and if the registrar determines that the application is complete, the registrar must change the sex on the person's birth certificate. In denying Appellants' sex-change petitions the district court concluded that a sex-change matter is a nonjusticiable political question due to lack of legislative guidance. The Supreme Court reversed after providing a plain meaning interpretation of the law allowing individuals to change their sex designations, holding that Appellants met the requirements articulated by this Court - based in common law and applied by district courts - for their sex-change petitions to be approved.