Boston City Council Passes Ordinance For Non-binary Option On Forms

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday that would include a non-binary gender option on all city forms.

The ordinance was initially filed by Councilors Michelle Wu and Liz Breadon in November.

Wu said this came after “hearing from constituents about their experience in City Hall getting married.”

“In the middle of the pandemic, when people can’t have big wedding ceremonies, that interaction at City Hall becomes the big day,” Wu said. “And when this constituent went to get married, and realized that there were only two gender options on those forms, they realized that the city of Boston was in fact very far behind the state.”

Last year, the Massachusetts RMV began allowing a non-binary option on driver’s licenses for residents that don’t identify as male or female. And if Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signs off on the ordinance, the same will be true for all city forms.

“This seems like a small change, but it will have a sweeping impact and it will ensure that everyone who comes to City Hall, and has to deal with city government, is fully reflected on our forms and doing business in Boston,” Wu said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@madisonwbz) reports

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