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Friday 21 July 2017

Court rules out change to birth register for intersex plaintiff

In a ruling published yesterday, the court rejected a request to switch the birth register entry to “inter” or “diverse”, saying German family law recognises only male or female. Stock Picture
In a ruling published yesterday, the court rejected a request to switch the birth register entry to “inter” or “diverse”, saying German family law recognises only male or female. Stock Picture

Dean Grey

A person with a genetic abnormality who identifies as neither woman nor man can't be entered in Germany's birth register under an alternative label such as "inter" or "diverse," a German court has said.

The plaintiff was identified by advocacy group Dritte Option as Vanja, born in 1989 and registered as a girl. Vanja provided the Federal Court of Justice with an analysis showing one X chromosome but no second sexual chromosome. Women have two X chromosomes, while men have one X and one Y chromosome.

In a ruling published yesterday, the court rejected a request to switch the birth register entry to "inter" or "diverse", saying German family law recognises only male or female. Dritte Option said the plaintiff plans to go to Germany's highest court, the Federal Constitutional Court.

Irish Independent

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