State of Ill. Sued for Refusal to Change Birth Certificates

Kari Rothkopf (left) and Victoria "Tori" Kirk want to switch the gender on their birth certificates. (Tribune photo by Kuni Takahashi / January 27, 2009)
Kari Rothkopf (left) and Victoria "Tori" Kirk want to switch the gender on their birth certificates. (Tribune photo by Kuni Takahashi / January 27, 2009)

Two male-to-female transexuals who have had sex reassignment surgery in Thailand due to a special procedure provided there, have been denied the ability to change their gender on their Illinois birth certificates.  Illinois allows gender to be changed on birth certificates, but only if the reassignment surgery is performed in the State of Illinois or “any other State.”

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