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Trans Father is Rebuffed by UK Highest Court


Pink News and our friends at Trans Radio UK report that transgender father Freddy McConnell has had his appeal to the UK highest court rejected. Mr McConnell wanted to be registered as either “father” or “parent” on his child's birth certificate, but because he actually gave birth, the Supreme Court found the same as the High Court and the Court of Appeal – namely that Mr McConnell has to be registered as a mother. A spokesperson for the Supreme Court said that ““the applications do not raise an arguable point of law which ought to be considered at this time bearing in mind that the cases were the subject of judicial decision and reviewed on appeal.” Mr McConnell still has recourse to the European Court of Human Rights, which despite the inaccurate reportage of the Daily Mail and similar newspapers, lies outside of the European Union and will therefore still be available for hearing cases from the UK after the implementation of Brexit. Stonewall boss Nancy Kelley said the latest court defeat was “deeply disappointing”. She added: “All parents, including LGBT+ parents, deserve to be recognised for who they are and it’s incredibly frustrating that the supreme court has missed an opportunity to progress equality.”.

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