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Case Name Ray v. Ohio Department of Health PB-OH-0011
Docket / Court 2:18-cv-00272-MHW-CMV ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On March 29, 2018, four transgender persons filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs sued the Director of the Ohio Department of Health under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by the ACLU, the plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief as ... read more >
On March 29, 2018, four transgender persons filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs sued the Director of the Ohio Department of Health under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by the ACLU, the plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. The case was assigned to Judge Michael H. Watson.

The plaintiffs brought this action to correct their Ohio birth certificates to accurately reflect their gender identity. They wished to change their birth certificates to avoid discrimination, privacy invasions, harassment, humiliation, stigma, harm to their health, and violence. The plaintiffs claimed that, in barring transgender people from obtaining accurate birth certificates matching their gender identity, the defendant had violated federal constitutional guarantees, including the rights to equal protection, due process, and freedom from compelled speech.

The case is ongoing.

Jake Parker - 06/11/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Gender identity
General
Drivers Licenses
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Government Services (specify)
Record-keeping
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) The State of Ohio
Plaintiff Description Four transgender persons who sought to change their Ohio birth certificates to reflect their gender identity.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
2:18-cv-272 (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/23/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PB-OH-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/29/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Watson, Michael H. (S.D. Ohio) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Arkles, Gabriel (New York) show/hide docs
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Becker, Susan Jane (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Carey, David J (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Ingelhart, Kara N. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Knight, John A. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Levenson, Freda J. (Ohio) show/hide docs
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