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This page has Dallas-specific information on name & gender marker change.
- Juge Craig Smith
- Judge Dale Tillery
- Feb 7, 2017: name and gender marker change
- Judge Tillery—and perhaps other judges—requires a fingerprint card to be kept in the local file. I was informed of this as we started the hearing. After much panic, many tears, and frantically running over to the criminal justice building, I obtained an extra print card. So, bring an extra print card with you.
- Judge Eric Moye
- Judge Carl Ginsberg
Dallas County, August 11, 2016
On October 11, 2016, the Court of Appeals of Texas, Dallas, denied an appeal to grant a change of gender identifier from female to male. The petitioner had asserted that Texas Family Code Section 2.005 (b)(8) authorizes Texas courts to render sex change orders that judicially change a person's gender identifier. Texas Family Code Section 2.005, which governs the issuance of marriage licenses, lists various documents that can be used to prove marriage license applicants' identity and age. Among documents listed is "a court order relating to the applicant's name change or sex change" (Section 2.005(b)(8)). Petitioner argued that the reference to a sex change order implies that such orders are remedies that Texas courts can render.
The trial court held that the reference does not imply that such orders are remedies that Texas courts can render. It ruled that the family code does not provide for the correcting of a gender marker. If a judge doesn't wish to issue an order then he can't be compelled to do so. The trial court denied the petition.
On appeal, the appeals court upheld that decision. It stated that "there is no statutory scheme expressly authorizing sex change orders or establishing procedures for obtaining such an order".
Note: it appears that the trial court's decision and the appeals court's decision to uphold it imply that the family code does not forbid the issuance of an order for gender marker change.