A third gender option will now be available on German birth certificates, a move that is equal parts politically correct and morally disturbing. German birth certificates will now carry a “blank” gender checkbox option, reports the Huffington Post on Aug. 17.
Germany becomes only the second nation to offer the third gender option; six weeks ago Australia was the first to offer an alternative to the traditional “male” and “female” designations.
“The new law allows parents of newborns who have characteristics of both sexes to wait until the children are old enough to decide if they want to be labeled male or female. Or, people can opt to remain genderless,” reports the NY Daily News.
The new gender option, set to become available in November, was hailed as a "legal revolution" by Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
It remains to be seen how the passing of this law will affect other legal documents, such as passports, which still require a male or female designation.
The legislation comes after a constitutional court decision which blurs the lines of sexuality and makes it legally binding that as long as an individual “deeply feels and lives” a particular gender, they can opt to be identified as one gender over another.
Parents can now choose the “blank” designation, despite the obvious sex of their child, and select the male or female option at a later point. When the child reaches an adult age, they too can select a sex, or they can also choose to keep the third gender option.
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