New Zealand moves closer to passing ‘self-identification’ law – News Vibe24

    New Zealand moves closer to passing 'self-identification' law - Times of India
    WELLINGTON: New Zealand has made plans to facilitate gender reassignment in a person’s birth certificate on Wednesday, as legislation passed by parliament with the support of all political parties.
    The identification bill was introduced to ensure New Zealand has the best process for trans, non-binary and intersex people to formally recognize their gender, the government said in a statement after the bill had a second reading in parliament on Wednesday.
    “There has been intense, ongoing public interest in this bill and I’m excited to see it move forward with the law. “I look forward to hearing from anyone interested in the proposals,” Interior Minister Jan Tinetti said in a statement.
    The bill will now be returned to an elected parliamentary committee and will receive comments from the public.
    The legal process for gender reassignment in a birth certificate in New Zealand is long and complicated. The new laws will make it easier to make such updates without the complicated court process.
    The bill had its first hearing in 2019, but had made little progress since.
    Self-determination was introduced into the bill by the selected committee in 2018 in response to a report it received. Tinetti has suggested improvements to the self-determination process.
    “As Minister of the Interior, it bothers me to know that the information provided on a birth certificate can be the cause of such stress for so many people. “It’s important that we have this right for all New Zealanders,” Tinetti said.
    Last year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appointed the country’s most inclusive parliament ever, with several people of color, members of the rainbow community and a large number of women.
    The government also introduced legislation last month banning practices aimed at changing sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, known as LGBT conversion therapy.


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