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Germany To Offer Third Gender Option On Birth Certificates

Germany is set to become the first European nation to recognize a gender beyond male and female on birth certificates. The new law will go into effect in November. 

Huff Po reports:

A new German law stipulates that children who are born of indeterminate gender no longer have to be categorized as "male" or "female." Instead, parents can choose to leave the space blank on their child's birth certificate, according to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Those individuals can eventually decide whether to identify as male, female or neither.

The German legislature voted this as an amendment to the Civil Status Act on May 7. As Süddeutsche Zeitung recently noted, the "legal change has received little attention so far." But that all changed when some determined the new law, while progressive, doesn't go far enough.

FarMZ, a German Family Law Journal, recently outlined the measure's shortcomings as such: Once the third gender option is legal in Germany, those who choose to identify as "blank" are going to encounter a host of bureaucratic headaches when traveling abroad. The group suggests that Germany use an "X" to designate third-gender identifiers on its passports.

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What do you think of Germany's move, Instincters? Surprised? Does it go far enough?  

 

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Who is this law supposed to accommodate? LGBT? How the hell is a parent supposed to know in the first couple months of their child's life if they are LGBT. The only people I see this law accommodating are those born both male and female. That's right, hermaphrodites!

Ich muss begrüssen das vordere thingking des deutschen Volkes und ihre Bemühungen um applaudable nicht nur Komfort suchen und Akzeptanz für ihre countymen Hier und Jetzt, sondern in der Zukunft.

I must salute the forward thingking of the German people and their applaudable efforts to not only seek comfort and acceptance for their countymen here and now, but in the future as well.

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