Malita Picasso Calls Out Montana DPHHS Rule Following Order Reinstating Gender Marker Updates

Malita Picasso (’19), Staff Attorney at the ACLU, LGBT & HIV Project, was quoted by NBC News criticizing the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for failure to comply with a district court judge’s order reinstating a 2017 policy allowing gender markers to be updated on birth certificates (“Montana Defies Order on Transgender Birth Certificates,” Sep. 16). Urging state officials to begin processing requests for birth certificate changes, Malita noted, “It’s shocking that after this morning’s hearing the department would allege there was any lack of clarity in the court’s ruling from the bench. It was very clear that Judge Moses expressly required a reversion to the 2017 policy, and anything short of that is a continued flagrant violation of the court’s order.”