Louis Maurice Smith, 77, is suing the Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, in Kent County Court, Michigan. Smith claims that he had sex reassignment surgery 14 years ago and got a new birth certificate, but now he believes the sex-change operation was a sin, and the state won’t re-issue him a male birth certificate.
A Kent County Circuit Court previously granted Smith’s petition for a change of name from Louis Maurice Smith to Darsee Maree Smith, and ordered the State Registrar to create a new birth certificate in the “female name.” In October 2002, a doctor performed male-to-female sex reassignment surgery on Smith; his external genitalia were removed or reconfigured to create external female genitalia. After his surgery, Smith began to regret his decision and subsequently presented himself as a male. Smith changed his name back to Louis in 2009, and asked that his birth certificate be changed back to his male name, but the Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics rejected his request “because no surgery had been performed,” the complaint states.