Germany legally recognises 'third gender'

Germany legally recognises 'third gender'
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Germany's top court has ruled that people must be given an option other than male or female

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Germany’s on course to become the first European nation to give people the option of choosing a third gender on their birth certificates.

The country’s top court has ruled intersex people must have a choice if they neither identify as male or female.

The case was heard by the constitutional court in Karlsruhe which heard from a registered female whose chromosome test confirmed they were neither one sex nor the other.

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Judges ruled that current regulations on civil status are discriminatory against intersex people.

That category is likely to be called “inter” or “various”. A spokesperson for the German government said it fully intends to comply with the ruling.

It now has until the end of 2018 to pass a law specifying a category other than male or female.

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