Measures protecting LGBTQ+ residents clear CNMI House
Over in the Northern Marianas, two pieces of legislation mark a major victory for the LGBTQ+ community on Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and the Northern Islands. KUAM News reports on the progress made on this Pride Month.
The decision was unanimous on the House floor. Sweeping legislation marking progress for the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month.
House Bill 22-86 received bipartisan support this week.
"It would update and ease the process for trans individuals to match the gender markers on their birth certificates to their gender identities," Rep. Tina Sablan said. "The committee did amend the bill to incorporate amendments from CHCC's vital statistics registrar to require attestations under penalty of law, the signature of a parent legal guardian or legal representative, in the case of registrants under the age of 18."
The bill is backed by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation and a petition signed by 500 people. The legislation is a product of policy roundtables and conversations with community partners over the last year. A tandem Bill, 22-87, also received full support with even wider implications -- it's the CNMI Equality Act.
"This bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender orientation, gender identity, and sexual orientation and it inserts these protections wherever non-discrimination policies already exist in our statutes," Sablan said.
The historic passage is celebrated during a month when we are reminded that love always wins.