Gender issues embroiled in British Columbia family law

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on July 18, 2017.

In a world that is becoming more inclusive of differences, gender issues have surfaced as volatile subject matter. Indeed, the complexities of gender in the 21st century have made their mark on family law, especially in British Columbia. A baby born in the province has been issued a health card that does not indicate gender — purported to be the first in the world.

The parent of the eight-month-old baby said her child is a non-binary transgender person identifying as neither male nor female. The parent ultimately wants the child to choose their own gender. The parent of the child has either two X chromosomes or an X and a Y chromosome, which is a scientific, binary fact, but the child is being identified as non-binary.

Regarding the British Columbia health card issued to the child, it has a ‘U’ in the space earmarked for ‘sex.’ The ‘U’ could stand for undetermined or unassigned. The fight is underway, on the child’d behalf, to do away with gender on a birth certificate as well.

There are many possible legal ramifications in what is possibly the first official recognition of the existence of a new life. Issues abound, concerning everything from conception, to parenting, to societal norms, to ethics and legalities. In such instances, those involved might do well to seek the advice of a lawyer with expertise in British Columbia family law.

These gender issues can open a whole new can of worms when it comes to family law. As the Canadian government recently gave gender activists an important precedent in British Columbia, lawyers are sure to be preparing for a new age. Those who have questions regarding the law and gender issues, would be wise to consult a lawyer.

Source:, “Blog: Global elites celebrate divorce of birth records from biology“, Thomas Lifson, Accessed on July 4, 2017

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