The Governor of Oklahoma has found himself under fire after voicing his displeasure with a decision made by Oklahoma’s Health Department that called for adding a third option in documenting gender, in the official birth certificate.

The ruling was made following a lawsuit by Kit Lorelied, an Oklahoma-born citizen of Oregon, who identifies as a non-binary person.

Kevin Stitt, the governor, vehemently opposed the ruling and criticized the ones who were involved.

He stated that there was no substantial or adequate approval given for such an act and that the decision was not appropriately overseen.

Stitt assumes a strong attitude towards the matter, wholly rejecting the notion of non-binary sex, which will doubtless ruffle more than a few feathers.


Maureen Turner, one of Oklahoma’s law persons, spoke out against the comments that Stitt has made, accusing the governor of limiting the lives of trans people, and even denying their existence.

Turner voices concern for the community in the face of Stitt’s comments, about which they are certain will spark more opposition to the freedom of the transgender people.

As is the case with others who support Turner, the right to what would be a proper denomination is non-negotiable.

Mental health research depicts the non-binary demographic as endangered

Emily Virgin, House Minority Leader, points to statistics regarding the mental health of the non-binary youth, wherein it is claimed that many such young people are found to be experiencing suicidal thoughts, implicating that this is due to them being denied the right to freely gender themselves. Virgin paraphrases the governor’s words as disagreeing with the existence of those who identify as non-binary which she finds tantamount to denying people who see themselves as such the right to a voice and identity, as well as citizenship, and concludes that such speeches are “dangerous”.


The attorney of aforementioned Lorelied, Christopher Brecht, shared his thoughts on the aftermath of the ruling, after informing of clients having been satisfied by the settlement of the lawsuit.

He claims it is not understandable to him that the ruling was so “vehemently” opposed, arguing that it does not affect those who are subscribed to the idea of binary sexes.

However, it is too early to speak of the aftermath just yet.

Republican representatives are on their way to revoking this ruling and there may still be more talk about this matter in the future.

Furthermore, House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate Greg Treat offered their statement as well, calling the settlement an overreach by department executives.