Transgender Who Gave Birth Loses Legal Fight to Be Listed as ‘Father’ on Birth Certificate

A transgender [“man”] from the U.K. will not be permitted to list [herself] as “father” on [her] child’s birth certificate. . .

The U.K. High Court ruled on Wednesday that McConnell would not be registered as the child’s father, and would remain the child’s mother according to the official birth certificate.

McConnell, 32, sought to change the designation on the legal document after a registrar told him that current law “required people who give birth to be registered as mothers” on certificates, according to CNN. A lengthy battle ensued as a result of McConnell’s desire to change his designation from “mother” to father.”

Andrew McFarlane, who is president of the High Court’s family division, said that being a “mother” refers to the biologically carrying and delivery of a child.

“Being a ‘mother,’ whilst hitherto always associated with being female, is the status afforded to a person who undergoes the physical and biological process of carrying a pregnancy and giving birth,” McFarlane said, insisting that there is a “material difference between a person’s gender and their status as a parent.” (Read more from “Transgender Who Gave Birth Loses Legal Fight to Be Listed as ‘Father’ on Birth Certificate” HERE)

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