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UK Supreme Court Blocks Gender-Neutral Passports

On Wednesday, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled against gender neutral passports. It stated that gender can be used as a method to prove the identity of an individual.

According to BBC The court ruled unanimously in this case. The justices ruled that the gender of passport applicants can be verified against birth or adoption certificates as well as gender recognition certificates.

“It is, therefore, recognized for legal purposes and recorded on the document that are pertinent,” Robert Reed, president, stated in his decision.

Christie Elan-Cane Christie Elan-Cane British activist who has been a tireless advocate for the legal and social recognition of people who identify as nonbinary, has brought the case to the Supreme Court. Elan-Cane called for an “X” option and she argued that the requirement that passport applicants to declare whether they are male or female breaches human rights laws.

Reed said that no U.K. law recognizes non-gendered categories, and that allowing passport changes would leave the government without a “coherent approach.”

Elan-Cane said that the U.K. government and judicial system were “on the wrong side of the course of history” and that the case will be heard by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

“I regret to inform everyone today that justice was not served,” Elan-Cane posted via Twitter Wednesday. “This isn’t the end of the road — we will be heading to Strasbourg.”

Other countries already issue passports that have gender markers that are not binary The BBC reported that include the U.S., Canada, Australia, Argentina, Denmark, India, Malta, Nepal as well as the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Pakistan. Germany has also created an intersex category.

According to Reuters the U.S. issued its first general-neutral passport in the month of October. It includes an “X in the box for gender to indicate that the passport holder is not male nor female. Dana Zzym, a 66 year-old U.S. Navy veteran who is a nonbinary/intersex woman, has filed a suit against the State Department over the issue.

Zzym told the media in October that she almost wept when she opened the envelope and found the boldly stamped ‘X’ under’sex. “It took six years, but to have an accurate passport, one that doesn’t make me identify as female or male but recognizes that I’m neither, is a relief.”

SOURCES:

BBC: “Gender-neutral passports: Campaigner Christie Elan-Cane loses Supreme Court case.”

U.K. Supreme Court: Judgment R (on Elan-Cane’s application) (Appellant) in v Secretary for State for the Home Department, (Respondent) Dec. 15 2021.

Twitter: @ChristieElanCan, Dec. 15, 2021.

Reuters: “U.S. issues the first passport that has an ‘X gender marker.”

Content Source: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/964991?src=rss

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