Germans can choose a THIRD sex – people can be masculine, feminine or 'diverse & # 39; are – after politicians have approved the plans
- The German parliament approved the law and introduced a third option last night & # 39;
- People can change their names on birth certificates afterwards
- It comes after the highest court in Germany ruled that two choices were unconstitutional
Tim Stickings for Mailonline
Germans can now have their sex as & # 39; diverse & # 39; declare after the country's parliament has a third option & # 39; for official forms.
The Bundestag has passed the amendment of the law last night, so that birth certificates can be changed afterwards.
It comes after the highest court in Germany last year ruled that it was unconstitutional to force people to choose between male or female.
Germans can also change their first name on their birth certificate if they feel that their gender was entered incorrectly when they were born.
The German parliament (photo) in Berlin last night passed the amendment, which allows birth certificates to be changed with retroactive effect
The change in the law was brought forward by the coalition of conservatives and social democrats of Angela Merkel and approved by the Bundestag.
Controversy remained, however, as to whether people should have their gender reassignment certified by a physician.
Among the changes that were made last night, doctors will use the & # 39; gender variations & # 39; a person must certify to be able to change official documents.
The campaign group & # 39; Third option & # 39;, which supported the changes, called it an important step towards visibility and legal equality & # 39 ;, but called for the deletion of the medical approval clause.
The requirement for medical approval was in violation of the court's decision last year, the lobby group said.
The Constitutional Court had ruled that compelling Germans to choose between husband and wife would violate their constitutional rights.
In his statement, the court said that there were about 160,000 people with an undetermined gender in Germany.
Those people should be able to make a positive choice & # 39; and not only leave the part empty, the court decides, or it has to be abolished altogether.