By Kavitha Cardoza
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has decided not to implement a new law affecting transgender individuals. At least not for now.
Under a law scheduled to go into effect on January 1st, a person who wanted to change their gender marker on their driver's license would have had to go to court to have their birth certificate changed first.
Morgan Meneses-Sheets is executive director of Equality Maryland. She says this would have been an economic burden for transgender individuals.
"27 percent of transgender individuals make less than 20,000 dollars a year and 15 percent make less than 10,000 dollars," says Meneses-Sheets.
The current practice of allowing a change to the gender marker on a license is granted if a physicians or psychologist provides written confirmation a person is in active treatment. But the Attorney General's office says a policy update could happen at a later date.