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Kamala Harris set to become the US Congress’ first Indian American senator?

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California: The attorney general of California, Kamala Devi Harris, who is an Indian American, may become the first Indian American senator in the US Congress.

Harris has won with 78.1 percent of votes, a triumph victory for her. The much-needed California state Democrats’ official seal of approval and, most likely, financial support from the party, it was reported on Sunday.

“I’m incredibly honoured to have the endorsement of the California Democratic Party in the US Senate race, and I’m so proud of the support our campaign has received from every corner of our state,” Harris appreciated the victory in a statement late on Saturday.

“We know there is more that unites us than divides us, and I’m grateful to the Californians who joined together to send that message this weekend,” she added.

The win also coagulated her position as the front-runner for the US Senate and transporting a setback to her top rival, Loretta Sanchez who won 19.3 percent of the 2,139 ballots cast.

The remaining 2.6 percent voted for no authorization at all, the report added.

While talking to Democrat supporters, Harris described the life-shaping experience of growing up in the Bay Area as the daughter of two civil rights activists.

Her speech cleaved to the high ideals of the Democratic Party and the “poison” politics consuming the Republican presidential race.

She vowed to protect and restore the fundamental rights of all the citizens of the nation.

“For far too many, liberty and justice for all is a promise we have failed to keep,” Harris said.

Winning the party certification required at least 60 percent of the votes from credentialed party delegates or their proxies, a mark that historically has been difficult to reach because delegates also have the option of checking a box for “no endorsement”.

Harris has a long history of supporting core Democratic ideals in California, including going after the big banks behind the mortgage crisis and leading the fight for same-sex marriage.

She was elected Attorney General in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and is the first female, the first African-American, and the first Asian-American attorney general in California. (IANS)

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California Becomes the first US State to allow Gender-neutral Birth Certificates

The so-called "nonbinary" gender means not exclusively male or female or a combination of two or more "genders."

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The law, published on the government official website, also made it easier for people to change their gender identity on official documents. Pixabay

California, October 17, 2017 : California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a state senate bill, allowing a gender-neutral marker on birth certificates and driver’s licenses starting from 2019.

California thus became the first state in the US to allow a “nonbinary” gender to be marked on birth certificates, Xinhua news agency reported.

The so-called “nonbinary” gender means not exclusively male or female or a combination of two or more “genders.”

According to the Gender Recognition Act approved on Sunday, California will offer a gender-neutral option on state documents for those who are transgender, intersex and others who are not identified as male or female.

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The law, published on the government official website, also made it easier for people to change their gender identity on official documents.

“Existing law authorises a person who was born in this state and who has undergone clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition to obtain a new birth certificate from the State Registrar,” the bill read.

The Golden State is now also the second state in the US to allow residents to be identified by a gender marker other than “F” or “M” on their driver’s license.

Oregon and the District of Columbia had earlier issued the gender-neutral option on their driver’s licenses.