Parents will have new, gender-neutral options for identifying themselves on a child’s birth certificate in Wisconsin starting July 1, Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Monday.
Starting July 1, birth forms will also begin using “parent giving birth” as opposed to the term mother. This is a move backed by the Biden administration, who also prefers the term “birthing person” to mother.
According to Fox 6, birth forms, which are used to generate birth certificates, will be updated to include the option for “parent-parent,” in addition to the traditional “mother-father.”
Evers said the change reflects the administration’s commitment to recognizing diverse families and gender-neutral terminology.