Oklahoma lawmaker who identifies as non-binary criticizes governor for saying “there is no such thing”

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Oklahoma state official who identifies as non-binary slammed Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt after saying “non-binary sex doesn’t exist”, arguing it’s hard to work with someone which opposes “your existence”.

“If you have to work with people who are adamantly opposed to your existence, okay, so much so that we can’t work together anymore, you can’t talk to me, you can’t talk to me like I’m a being human, you can’t see me, it damages anyone’s working relationship, ”said Democratic State Representative Mauree Turner, Fox 25 reported.

His remarks came after a legal settlement in the state when the Oklahoma State Department of Health began allowing residents to identify themselves as non-binary on their birth certificates.

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Stitt criticized the decision as a decision that was not made with “proper approval or supervision,” adding that he believed God created men and women.

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(Chris Kleponis / Polaris / Bloomberg via Getty Images Oklahoma State Legislature)

“I believe people are created by God to be male or female. Period,” Stitt said in a statement Thursday. “There is no such thing as non-binary sex and I wholeheartedly condemn the alleged OSDH judicial settlement which was reached by rogue activists who acted without receiving proper approval or oversight.”

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“I will take whatever steps are necessary to protect Oklahoma’s values ​​and our way of life,” he continued.

Turner is the first Oklahoma lawmaker to identify as non-binary.

FILE - In this February 3, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt delivers his state-of-the-state address in Oklahoma City.  A federal appeals court on Monday, April 13, upheld an order from a lower court that overturned the governor's ban on abortions during the emergency of the coronavirus outbreak.  (AP Photo / Alonzo Adams, file)

FILE – In this February 3, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt delivers his state-of-the-state address in Oklahoma City. A federal appeals court on Monday, April 13, upheld an order from a lower court that overturned the governor’s ban on abortions during the emergency of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo / Alonzo Adams, file)

“To be able to have that autonomy and have that part, that really intimate part of you that is really recognized in a very important way is really, really important in more ways than one,” continued Turner.

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“If we keep saying like ‘You’re not real, you have to take that part of you out’, what’s that going to do to our community?” Turner asked. “What’s that gonna do to our kids.”

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