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Last week, a Colorado judge ruled that it is illegal for the US State Department to deny a passport of an applicant who refuses to state their gender.

Dana Zzyym, a Coloradan intersex individual, sued the State Department in 2015 after it denied her a passport due to her preference to use “X” as her gender marker rather than checking the box for “female” or “male”.

After a multi-year court battle, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that the State Department was not being reasonable in their denials to Zzyym’s application.

Jackson stated that the department’s main arguments of “[adhering] to a series of internal policies” as well as complicating the verifying of an applicant’s identity aren’t enough.

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