Said Jamie Shupe, the first person in the United States to get the government to officially designate his gender as other than male or female, NPR reports.
Oregon joins several countries in recognizing a third gender. In 2014, India became the largest country in the world to have an official third option, following in the footsteps of Pakistan, Australia and Germany....So all it takes is one county judge to make this decision for a state? No. It's a state-level decision to choose not to appeal. "As of now." So the state goes will forward, spending the money to comply, without submitting the question to the democratic processes of the state... unless, somehow, the people of Oregon raise a fuss about the decision not to appeal, which puts those who want to maintain the status quo in the position of having to draw attention to themselves and risk looking mean/unprogressive.
A few months ago, Shupe applied to the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles to be listed as non-binary. The agency refused, so they* asked a Multnomah County judge for the new gender designation, and won.
As of now, the state isn't fighting the decision, says DMV spokesman David House. Instead, he says, the agency is looking into how to comply.
"We expect there would be a computer system change required, probably form changes. Also it's very likely that it would require some legislative and administrative rule changes," House says. He expects that in a few months, Oregon driver's license applications will have new gender designations, in addition to male and female.
* "They" in that sentence means one person, Jamie Shupe. The construction is confusing, but NPR expects you to maintain your capacity for fluent reading when you encounter that and this one, which slowed me down: "Three years ago, Shupe and their wife of 29 years, Sandy, moved to Portland, Ore."