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UK's highest court rules against gender-neutral passports 

A panel of judges unanimously dismissed the appeal, saying the gender of passport applicants is a biographical detail that can be used to confirm their identity.

Published: 15th December 2021 07:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th December 2021 07:32 PM   |  A+A-

British flag used for representation.

British flag used for representation.

By Associated Press

LONDON: A British activist lost a legal challenge at the UK's highest court Wednesday to the government's policy of not allowing gender-neutral passports.

Christie Elan-Cane brought the case to the Supreme Court, arguing that the requirement for passport applicants to indicate whether they are male or female breaches human rights laws.

Elan-Cane, who has spent years campaigning for legal and social recognition of Britons who identify as non-binary, said there should be an X option for applicants who identify as neither strictly female nor male.

A panel of judges unanimously dismissed the appeal, saying the gender of passport applicants is a biographical detail that can be used to confirm their identity by checking it against the birth, adoption or gender recognition certificates provided and other official records.

It is therefore the gender recognized for legal purposes and recorded in those documents which is relevant, Supreme Court President Robert Reed said.

Reed said no UK law recognises a non-gendered category and allowing the passport change would leave the government without a coherent approach to the issue.

Some countries, including the United States, Canada and Denmark, issue or plan to allow passports with non-binary gender markers in recognition of the rights of gender non-conforming citizens.

Elan-Cane said the UK was on the wrong side of history, and the case would be taken to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.



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