French court rules that man who identifies as a woman is not the "second mother" of a child he fathered

by Laura Mize · Sep 17th, 2020 3:49 pm

Last Updated Sep 19th, 2020 at 8:34 pm

A French man who identifies as a woman has lost his legal bid to become the "second mother" of a child he fathered with his wife.

The Cour de Cassation, France's highest court, on Wednesday overturned the 2018 ruling of an appeals court that designated the man as "biological parent." The designation "biological parent" was a new classification, in addition to "mother" and "father," following the appeals court's decision.

The man, 51, has been legally recognized by the French government as a woman since 2011. In 2014, he and his wife conceived a child together, because he had not had his male sexual organs removed. He has been fighting since then to be legally identified not as the child's father, but as the second mother.

The Cour de Cassation sent the case back to a lower court, and said that in order for the man to be legally called a second mother, he must adopt his biological daughter.

The man's lawyer has said the court's ruling is "scandalous."


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