London: In a bid to end scepticism over where the US President was born, Hawaii may sell copies of Barack Obama’s birth certificate to anyone for USD 100 (GBP 63).
Democrat politicians have introduced a bill in the state legislature, which would change a current privacy law.
The new move is an attempt to placate so-called “birthers” who claim there is no proof Obama was born in the United States, and that he is therefore ineligible to be president.
The Obama campaign issued a certification of live birth in 2008, an official document from the state showing the President’s birth details in Hawaii.
Notices were also published in two local newspapers within days of his birth at a Honolulu hospital.
But Governor Neil Abercrombie, who knew Obama as a child, has been prevented from releasing birth information held by the state because of its privacy law.
“If it passes, it will calm the birthers down. All these people are still doubting it because they don’t want the birth certificate from Obama. They want it from our state office,” the Telegraph quoted Hawaii politician Rida Cabanilla, who is sponsoring the new bill, as saying.
He said the USD 100 fee would help to offset the extra work by state employees who currently handle frequent inquiries from people who want proof of Obama’s birth in Hawaii.