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A third gender option could be coming to Oregon driver's licenses this summer


Approximately 75 people attended Wednesday's public meeting in Portland to ask the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles to create a third gender option on the state's driver's licenses and ID cards.

The DMV recently held another public hearing in Eugene at which more than 50 people attended.

Oregon DMV spokesman David House said that of the approximately 50 people in attendance, just under half of them testified in support of a third gender option. 

If the DMV obliges, Oregon would be the first state to let residents identify as as neither male nor female. The third designation would be signified by an "X."

In 2016, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge allowed Portland veteran Jaime Shupe to legally identify as neither male nor female. Legal experts said it was a first in the U.S. 

The precedent required the state to explore a third gender option.

Basic Rights Oregon Co-Executive Director Nancy Haque said the potential decision would validate those Oregonians who identify as transgender.

"There're transgender people and there has always been," Haque told KATU. "It's just that we're at a point in society where we are recognizing the rights of transgender people."

Some on social media reacted positively to the precedent. 

Others on the other hand aren't so crazy about the decision. 

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