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NL Supreme Court to hear first case for non-binary birth certificate

Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 11:36 AM | By Donalee Moulton

This fall Gemma Hickey will come face to face with the government of Newfoundland and Labrador in the province’s Supreme Court. At issue is not what Hickey wants; it’s what the transgender activist doesn’t want: to have to identify as either “male” or “female” on a birth certificate.

Joanna Radbord, Martha McCarthy & Company LLPHickey believes this requirement is unconstitutional, and the Newfoundlander’s application for a non-binary birth certificate is believed to break new legal ground in Canada.

Many lawyers are confident Hickey will prevail. “This...