The Colorado General Assembly late Monday gave final approval to a bill that would allow transgender Coloradans to obtain new birth certificates instead of amended ones.
House Bill 1039 now goes to Gov. Jared Polis for his signature.
The House, which had approved the bill by a 41-22 vote in February, on Monday signed off on several amendments to the measure made in the Senate, which passed the bill April 17 on a 23-12 vote.
HB 1039 is the latest of several attempts in the legislature in recent years to allow transgender individuals to seek new birth certificates without being required to first go through gender-reassignment surgery or obtain a court order.
Surgery isn't always an option, supporters say, for medical reasons, or when the transgender individual is a minor or can't afford the expensive surgery.
The bill is named "Jude's Law" for a now 13-year-old transgender girl who has testified on the bill for the past four years.
Most Republicans in both chambers opposed the measure, but the bill had two GOP "yes" votes in the House on original passage and four "yes" votes in the Senate last week.
Daniel Ramos, executive director of LGBTQ advocacy group One Colorado, hailed the bill's final passage in a statement late Monday.
“The first iteration of this legislation in 2015 was the first transgender-specific legislation to be introduced in Colorado," Ramos said. "Four years later, Colorado is now a leader, being one of the first states in the country to have non-binary gender options and self-attestation for gender on a suite of identity documents, including birth certificates, driver’s license and state identification cards.
"This progress wouldn’t be possible without folks like Jude sharing their stories. While this is a huge step forward for transgender rights, there is still much work to do.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.