A transgender man is suing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for the right to legally change his name. The man is only identified in court documents as “John Doe, formerly Jane Doe.”
A 2010 Indiana state law being enforced by Gov. Pence bans Doe from being allowed to change his name, because he is not a U.S. citizen. He is suing to have the court rule that his due process, equal protection, and privacy rights under the Fourteenth Amendment are being violated.
Gov. Pence has a long history of anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant relationships. Pence is Donald Trump’s presidential running mate. Pence and the State of Indiana came under attack especially after he signed into law an anti-gay “religious freedom” bill last year.
A bill intended to provide protections for LGBT customers, employees and tenants was proposed by Senate President David C. Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma on April 2, 2015 and was subsequently passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Pence.