After a legal agreement, the governor made his remarks urged the Oklahoma State Department of Health to begin providing residents the ability to identify as nonbinary on their birth certificates. Stitt said that he thinks the change was made without "proper approval or oversight."
"I believe that people are created by God to be male or female. Period," Stitt said in a statement last week. "There is no such thing as non-binary sex, and I wholeheartedly condemn the purported OSDH court settlement that was entered into by rogue activists who acted without receiving proper approval or oversight ... I will be taking whatever action necessary to protect Oklahoma values and our way of life."
Oklahoma state Rep. Mauree Turner said the governor's views "adamantly oppose" her life.
"If you have to work with people who adamantly oppose your existence, right, to the point to where we can't work together, you can't talk to me, you can't talk to me like I'm a human being, you don't see me, that damages anyone's working relationship," Turner said, Fox 25 reports.
Turner was elected in 2020 and is the first nonbinary lawmaker in the state of Oklahoma.
"To be able to have that autonomy and have that part, that real intimate part of you really kind of recognized in a big way is really, really important in more ways than one," Turner continued.
Seventeen states and Washington D.C. recognize nonbinary as a gender identification on a birth certificate, Newsweek reports.
American Airlines has become the second U.S. carrier to feature more than two gender options, adding "U" and "X" designations for customers. In March, United Airlines was the first American airline to give more than male and female options for ticket purchasers. Americans and others are following suit as airlines seek to adapt to regulatory changes in states that allow people to identify outside of the two traditional genders on driver's licenses.
"We recently completed system updates in an ongoing effort to offer nonbinary gender selections," American Airlines spokeswoman Stacy Day said. "Taking care of our customers and team members is what we do, and we are glad to be able to better accommodate the gender preferences of our travelers and team members."
The additional gender options are open to customers who call the airline to schedule a flight. American Airlines is still renewing its website to accommodate the "U" and "X" options during online booking. The update will launch sometime in early 2020.