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Law requiring sex offenders to be identified on their passports is challenged

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Under a new law, the passports of sex offenders will be marked identifying the carriers as having been convicted. 

(Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)

A civil rights group has filed a suit challenging a law that will require sex offenders to be identified on their passports.

President Obama signed the International Megan’s Law bill, passed by Congress last week, on Monday.

The organization California Reform Sex Offender Laws filed the suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, challenging the requirement that the secretary of State add “unique identifiers” to the passports of all registered sex offenders.

Passports today are used as a primary form of identification as well as for entry into a foreign country. The lawsuit contends that a passport symbol identifying an individual as a registered sex offender could place at significant risk that person as well as travel companions, including family members and business colleagues.

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