We had our wedding ceremony last October," Ajax said.
But to become legally married, Ajax had to have documentation to prove he is male. So he went to the BMV to get a new license.
"They gave me my driver's license as male and now they're telling me I'm supposed to have surgery, where it doesn't say anything about that on their website. I feel like they're trying to take all this stuff away from me, I worked so hard to get it, and now they're just trying to take all of this away from me," Ajax said.
According to the BMV, Ajax needed to bring a signed and dated statement from his physician stating that he has successfully underwent all treatment necessary to permanently change his gender from female to male.
Ajax says the letter from his doctor, which he gave to the BMV, proves that he has underwent the treatment.
The definition of "all treatment necessary to permanently change" is unclear.
"A lot of people have been really great to us. I've gotten a lot of support. This is the first time I've felt discriminated against since I started the transition," Ajax said.
The BMV was requesting Ajax come back to the office and change his gender back to female.
"I don't intend to get one that says female, that's for sure," Ajax said.The article doesn't mention it, but I assume Holdin had his name legally changed before he went to the BMV and sought to get a new driver's license. It's probably an issued that needs to be clarified by the legislature, but I doubt the current make-up of the legislature will be too enthusiastic about providing a clear road map for changing one's gender. Indiana has a general statute, IC 16-37-2-10(b), under which vital information on a birth certificate can be changed by the Vital Statistics Division of the Department of Health. In practice, a new birth certificate can be issued to reflect the current gender of a person who has undergone a sex change. It is a good question that is being raised. What do you do if someone starts the process of changing their gender but never undergoes surgery to complete the process? Should the gender change be legally recognized in such circumtances?