Country Votes No To Adding 3rd Gender Option To Birth Certificate

( – According to the Associated Press, a suggestion to add a third gender or no-gender option for official records was rejected by the Swiss government.

The Federal Council stated in response to two parliamentary proposals that “the binary gender model is still strongly anchored in Swiss society.”

According to the council, “there are currently no social preconditions for the introduction of a third gender or a general waiver of the gender entry in the civil registry.”

Such options would necessitate “numerous” amendments to Swiss law, the Swiss Constitution, and national and state laws. There are 26 cantons (states) in Switzerland, and the country has a unique political system with representation from all four parties, from the nationalist right to the left. A majority of the cantons must vote in favor of referendums on various issues.

There are currently only two gender options available for registration in Switzerland: male or female. In 2020, a national ethics commission concluded that the time was not right to alter that system.

With options other than male and female already available to their citizens, Germany and Austria set Switzerland apart from its neighbors.

The German government approved a third gender option in 2018 that enables people to register as “diverse,” according to the Associated Press. This decision came after Germany’s highest court ruled in 2017 that individuals should be permitted to register as neither male nor female. A person with a disorder of sexual development (DSD), also known as “intersex,” had filed the lawsuit. Although DSD patients can be either male or female, the development of their reproductive systems varies due to chromosomal abnormalities.

A federal court in Austria ruled that individuals must be permitted to register as a gender other than male or female, but this did not require any changes to the law. This decision was made in 2018, as well.
Due to trans activist groups’ efforts to replace the biological reality of gender with subjective gender identities, many countries now permit citizens to register on official documents as neither male nor female.

A “pangender” person received a $50,000 award from a Canadian human rights tribunal in 2019 for the harm they suffered due to not being able to apply for a passport that accurately reflected their many, potentially infinite, gender identities.

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