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H.R. 5962: Gender Inclusive Passport Act

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About the bill

Several nations in various continents already do so. Should the U.S. join them?


10 nations offer a gender neutral option on passports: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Ireland and Nepal. But American passports offer two options for all applicants: female or male.

Colorado Navy veteran Dana Zzyym wanted to put neither option, so they sued the federal government to allow a third “undesignated” option and won in district court in 2018. If issued, it would be the first such passport.

However, the decision has been put on hold pending an appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments in January.

What the bill does

The Gender Inclusive Passport Act would allow applicants to mark a third option labelled “X” or ...

Sponsor and status

Ro Khanna

Sponsor. Representative for California's 17th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Length: 3 pages
Feb 25, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Feb 25, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 25, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 25, 2020

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H.R. 5962 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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