State votes to make it optional to put a baby’s sex on the birth certificate and allow a person from the age of 16 to change their official gender in radical changes to transgender law
- Tasmania has voted through changes to LGBT rights laws through lower house
- Changes include ‘opting-in’ to have baby’s gender on their birth certificate
- The laws still need to be passed through the upper house before they are official
Landmark gender rights laws have made it through Tasmania’s lower house which include parents having to ‘opt in’ to have a baby’s sex recorded on birth certificates.
The House of Assembly passed the legislation, which was proposed by Labor and the Greens, on Tuesday night thanks to a deciding vote by Liberal speaker Sue Hickey.
Other changes include individuals being allowed to change their gender from the age of 16 by simply filling out a statutory declaration, according to The Australian.
Tasmania has passed landmark gender rights laws through the lower house which include parents having to ‘opt in’ to have a baby’s sex recorded on birth certificates (stock image)
The House of Assembly passed the legislation, which was proposed by Labor and the Greens, on Tuesday night thanks to a deciding vote by Liberal speaker Sue Hickey
Anti-discrimination laws were also widened to include ‘gender expression’ such as using the correct names and titles of transgender people.
The new laws were amendments added to a bill removing the need for a person to become divorced before changing gender.
The laws still have to pass the upper house, however, it is the first time these types of laws have been voted through the lower house of any state.
Labor politician Ella Haddad said that parents of newborns would simply be given a form asking them if they wish to have the gender of their child printed on the birth certificate.
‘It creates an opt-in approach,’ Ms Haddad said.
‘There are significant drafting flaws and legal consequences; things that need to be considered,’ Liberal Attorney-General Elise Archer told the parliament.
The changes would require new parents to opt-in to have their baby’s gender listed on their birth certificate