A baby could become the first person without a legal mother if a transgender man wins a historic court battle.
Lawyers representing the parent told a judge that he had been biologically able to get pregnant and give birth but had legally become a man when the child was born.
The man wants to be identified as the child’s “father” or “parent” on a birth certificate, however a birth registrar told the man the law requires people who give birth to children to be registered as mothers.
I had a quick – and incomplete – think through this. And couldn’t come up with any reason why it is important that the state, or just the public register, records “mother” rather than parent.
Lots of tradition, but not really a current reason.
BTW, anyone who gives birth is a woman. But still can’t think of why “mother” must appear on the document.