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September 16, 2014

A gay couple in Brazil have made history by requesting – and being granted – that their child’s birth certificate includes the names of three parents

A judge in Brazil has made history by allowing a child’s birth certificate to include the names of three parents.

The request came from the child’s biological mother, her female partner, and the biological father.

In May 2013, Brazil became the third Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage. Fernanda Batagli Kropenscki, aged 26, and Mariani Guedes Santiago, 27, have been together for four years. 

August 25, 2014

A new bill in California aims to ensure future birth certificates reflect the fact that modern families don’t always have one mother and one father

Following lawmakers in California ruling earlier this summer that same-sex couples have the right to marry, steps are now being taken to simplify the way in which same-sex parents complete the birth certificates of their children.

At present, birth certificates in the US state have space for a ‘mother/parent’ name and a ‘father/parent’ name, forcing same-sex couples to add their names to these two fields regardless of their gender identity. A new bill will allow them the option of stating their relationship to the child: ‘father’, ‘mother’ or, simply, ‘parent’.

June 17, 2014

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are each the biological father of one twin

The first Father's Day for Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs was bittersweet because days earlier, a judge in Texas denied their request to have their names placed on the birth certificates of their newborn twins.

The twins, Lucas and Ethan, share an egg donor and were born to a surrogate mother a month ago. They are half brothers with Hanna the biological father of one and Riggs the biological father of the other.

So far, only the surrogate mother's name is on either birth certificate.

August 17, 2013

Under the approaching law change, German citizens will be permitted to opt out of male or female classification

Come fall, Germany will be the first European country to offer three options on a child's birth certificate.

The change, as reported by Spiegel Online International, will be available on 1 November. Birth certificates will have three options: the traditional 'male' and 'female' and a 'blank' option.

October 26, 2012

'Some gays are actually having children born to them. It's not right on paper. It's not right in fact'

When he was the governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney fought a plan to have birth certificate forms revised for babies born to same-sex couples.

The Boston Globe has obtained state records which reveal the Republican presidential nominee's aggressive efforts to prevent the routine recording of births to gay parents.

July 5, 2012

Kiwis might be able to describe themselves as M, F or X on passports, if proposed changes go through in September

The New Zealand government is reviewing gender options on passports and looking into more flexibility for transgender citizens.

The Department of Internal Affairs suggests that New Zealanders can chose M, F or X to describe their gender, with only a statutory witness declaration needed as confirmation, not a medical certificate.

If a transgender person changes identity on the passport, it would be shown on that document only and not on birth certificates or citizenship records.