This week read about New Zealand passing an LGBT law, and the European Court of Justice granting equal rights to same-sex couples and their children.

New Zealand Passes New LGBT Law

New Zealand has enacted legislation that recognizes people's freedom to self-identify on their birth certificates without having to provide proof of medical treatment.

The law is a follow-up to a previous judgment that permitted self-identification on birth certificates but required petitioners to show they had had medical treatment.

According to Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti, the new amendments that remove that need will make it easier for LGBT people to self-identify.

"Today is a proud day in Aotearoa's history," Tinetti said. "Parliament has voted in favor of inclusivity and against discrimination. This law change will make a real difference for transgender, non-binary, takatāpui [LGBT] and intersex New Zealanders."

She went on to claim that the law will assist young people to maintain a feeling of wellness and “improve their mental health” by giving them control over their identity.



EU Court Makes Landmark Decision For LGBT Community


European Court of Justice. Credit: Gwenael Piaser, Flickr.

After Bulgarian authorities refused to provide a birth certificate to the daughter of a same-sex couple, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) declared that member states must accept LGBT parents and their offspring as one family.

According to RT, the European Court of Justice issued a significant judgment, declaring that member states must all ensure the same right to children's freedom of movement across the EU, regardless of domestic regulations.

Kalina Ivanova, a Bulgarian, and Jane Jones, a British Gibraltar native, filed the lawsuit after Bulgarian authorities refused to provide a birth certificate to their daughter, who was born in Spain in 2019, claiming that a child cannot lawfully have two moms.

The CJEU ordered Bulgaria to provide the child with a passport as a result of the verdict. It is not possible to appeal the case.


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