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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

New Law in Germany Allows Parents to Select "No Gender" on Birth Certificate

The New Republic: Germany Now Lets Parents Check "No Gender" on a Baby's Birth Certificate, by Nelson Jones:

A new law, which came into force today in Germany, provides that the box on a birth certificate specifying a child's gender should be left blank in cases where the child is neither obviously male nor female. This will, an Interior Ministry spokesman explained, "take the pressure off parents to commit themselves to gender immediately after birth"—thus allowing for greater delay before drastic, life-defining and perhaps mistaken surgery is carried out on an infant too young to decide for itself what it wants to be. . . .

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