Senator J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) has introduced a bill that would mandate only two gender designations on U.S. passports, Male or Female, rather than non-gender designations demanded by supporters of the idea of transgenderism.
As Just The News reports, Vance’s bill would reverse the previous decision by the Biden Administration’s State Department in October of 2021, which included a third option simply marked as “X.” In addition to the federal designation for passports, another 21 states, plus Washington D.C., have allowed for the third “X” designation on driver’s licenses.
“After thoughtful consideration of the research conducted and feedback from community members, we concluded that the definition of the X gender marker on State Department public forms will be ‘unspecified or another gender identity,’” said the State Department in an official statement in the spring acknowledging the new policy. “This definition is respectful of individuals’ privacy while advancing inclusion.”
Following the rollout of the “X” designation on passports, UCLA law school’s Williams Institute conducted a study which ultimately determined that as many as 17,000 Americans would make use of this third option on an annual basis.
“The last thing the State Department should be doing is wasting its time and your tax dollars pushing far-left gender ideology,” said Vance upon introducing his legislation. “There are only two genders – passports issued by the United States government should recognize that simple fact. I am proud to introduce this bill to restore some sanity in our federal bureaucracy.”
A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas), who released his own statement acknowledging that “there are two sexes – male and female – and government documents like passports should reflect that self-evident truth.”
“Passports exist to accurately identify people, not play pretend with radical gender ideology,” Roy continued. “Anti-science, radical gender ideology has no place in our government, and it’s time for Congress to step in and restore sanity.”