UK Court Rules People Must Specify Their Gender On Passport
A court has ruled that people must specify their gender on their passports.
The ruling was made at the Court of Appeal after the case was brought by campaigner Christie Elan-Cane, who argued that they should be able to put an 'X' instead of a gender.
Elan-Cane believes that the current process of having to indicate whether a person is male or female is 'inherently discriminatory'.
Back in June 2018, they brought the case to the Court of Appeal after the High Court had dismissed a judicial review on the matter.
During the original ruling, a High Court judge admitted that he was not convinced that the government's policy was unlawful and that part of the reason it was dismissed was because a full review of the issue had not been completed.
Then, in December 2019, three judges were told by the campaigner that the governments passport policy is 'unlawful' and breached a person's right to privacy and the inalienable right not to be discriminated against.
Elan-Cane's appeal was opposed by the Home Office, which runs Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO), the focal point of the case.
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Speaking at the hearing in December, ahead of today's ruling, Kate Gallafent QC, representing Elan-Cane, told the judges that there was 'nothing more fundamental' that a person's identity.
She said: "This is an important case in the anxious context of the proper understanding and respect for the intimate, human rights of the affected class - persons whose gender identity is neither, or neither exclusively, male nor female.
I regret to inform that the Appeal Court has ruled in the UK government's favour in a judgment handed down this morning.
We intend to seek permission for the case to be heard at the Supreme Court.
- Christie Elan-Cane (@ChristieElanCan) March 10, 2020
"There is little which is more fundamental and deeply personal than an individual's gender identity."
Following today's verdict, Elan-Cane came out and said they intend to take the matter further.
They wrote: "X' PASSPORTS. I regret to inform that the Appeal Court has ruled in the UK government's favour in a judgment handed down this morning.
"We intend to seek permission for the case to be heard at the Supreme Court."
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