The German government approved a draft law allowing a third gender option on birth certificates for newborns who are born intersex. The law, approved by the justice minister is being called “long overdue.” Angela Merkel’s left-right coalition passed the bill permitting parents to label their child as “various.”
The measure comes after a ruling by Germany’s top tribunal last November that current regulations on civil status are discriminatory against intersex people, noting that the sexual identity of an individual is protected as a basic right.
The Federal Constitutional Court gave parliament until the end of 2018 to amend the current legislation.
This decision comes after an intersex adult went to the courts saying that it is unfair and unlawful to make intersex people choose between the traditional male and female labels.
Justice Minister Katarina Barley, whose office drafted the bill, said the legislation marked a big step forward by requiring a new gender option from birth. “No one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual identity,” she said.'”