Germany’s top court ordered lawmakers Wednesday to create a third gender option in the registry of births.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27).
The landmark ruling from the Federal Constitutional Court could make Germany the first European country to impose a third gender option in its registry. People have been allowed to leave the gender box blank since 2013, but advocates have fought for an “intersex” option after a girl brought the issue to court.
The court considered scrapping genders altogether before adding an option. The ruling reverses decisions from several lower courts.
Lawmakers must approve new legislation by the end of next year. The court said “intersex,” “diverse” or another “positive designation of sex” are examples of what the new designation can be named.