New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure that has added a gender-neutral option for birth certificates and other state-issued identification cards for those who wish not to specify their gender, WIVB.com reported.
Cuomo made the announcement at a press conference on June 24the 10th anniversary of the New York's Marriage Equality Act being signed into law.
The Marriage Equality Act, signed by Cuomo on June 24, 2011 and enacted a month later, granted same-sex couples the ability to enter into civil marriages throughout the state.
"The Gender Recognition Act eliminates barriers that undermined the state's health, safety, and equality of people because of their gender," the governor said. "It affirms basic human dignity and it ends discrimination."
In a press release, Ethan Ricesenior attorney with the Fair Courts Project at Lambda Legalsaid, "Lambda Legal applauds the signing of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) into law,