Posted: 9:07 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
By Rick Couri
The new procedure allows parents in Germany to not declare their baby as either boy or girl.
Instead, a third gender category has been added called "indeterminate" or "intersex."
The rule wasn’t designed for people who are trying to make a statement but rather for the nearly 2,000 born with what are described as “ambiguous genitalia.”
The BBC reports the change will be most noticed on passports.
Rather than having citizens listed with an M for male, F for female a third line will have the designation of X.
Der Spiegel says Germany is the first country to make the exception after research showed many intersex babies who were given a gender designation when they were born grew up unhappy.
The thought is, many parents feel pressured to make a quick decision before spending time with the child.
But the Wall Street Journal reports there could be an unintended consequence to the law.
Most parents don’t make decision on gender assignment surgery for several months or years. But a designation of "indeterminate" could lead parents to feel pressured to make a quick decision and have the surgery before they have enough information.
Other issues will crop up concerning gender assignment.
Things like playing on boys or girls sports teams and which bathroom to use.