By Ian Snively | The Daily Signal
Massachusetts could become the third state to further the transgender agenda via driver’s licenses and other forms of identification.
According to the Gloucester Daily Times, Massachusetts state Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, has proposed legislation that would add an option for those who don’t identify as either male or female.
Spilka said she was influenced by the concerns of a 16-year-old in Ashland who made a “very compelling argument” that she didn’t want to choose from two genders on her driver’s license.
A spokeswoman from the state Registry of Motor Vehicles said the department is already planning changes to include a third gender option.
Massachusetts wouldn’t be the first jurisdiction to add more gender options to its licenses. Washington, D.C., implemented an “X” option back in June for driver’s licenses. Oregon followed the same month, and was joined by California in October.
Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, an organization that advocates Judeo-Christian family values, opposes the idea of adding a third gender to identification.
He said in an interview with The Daily Signal that he was at a public event trying to repeal same-sex bathrooms, when a transgender woman tried shutting down the event. The suspect yelled at the speakers, forcibly sought to enter the room they were in, and destroyed property.
Beckwith said the police were able to apprehend the suspect, but told the hosts they apprehended “the woman” responsible, creating confusion despite the fact the police knew the suspect was transgender.
He said that by not attributing gender to a biological description, police and other authorities will have a difficult time identifying people or describing a person’s characteristics to others.
Beckwith responded to Spilka’s assertion that the teenager she met made a compelling argument for adding another gender to licenses. He said a license proposal won’t help people who suffer from gender confusion.
The Daily Signal was unable to reach Spilka for comment.