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Transgender people will be able to permanently change the name and gender on their birth certificates under a bill given final approval by the Maryland General Assembly.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, has not take a public position on the bill, but the bill passed by veto-proof margins in both chambers.

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The law will let transgender people obtain a completely new birth certificate that reflects their names and genders with relative ease.  And in a departure from current practices, the new document will not be identified as amended.

Advocates considered the measure a matter of civil rights. The new certificate will not require a court order, as the current law does, and instead rely on a sworn statement from a health care practictioner.

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