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Judge Rules U.S. Wrongfully Denied Passport to Intersex Navy Vet

Dana Zzyym

Dana Zzyym

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A Colorado federal judge ruled the U.S. State Department exceeded its authority by denying a passport to an intersex Navy veteran who declined to identify as male or female on the application.

Other countries are increasingly allowing for a non-binary gender marker on their passports, making the U.S. government’s rationale for refusing to do so "inadequate," U.S. District Judge Brooke Jackson, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, said in the ruling Tuesday in Denver.