"Mr. Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly. But amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications." -Court Statement
(Netherlands)— [Lifesitenews.com] A Dutch court has rejected a 69-year-old man's novel effort to shave two decades off of his legal age, in a case that echoes the "gender identity" debate on both sides. (Image: Emile Ratelband/ YouTube screenshot/via LifeSiteNews)
Emile Ratelband is a 69-year-old life coach from Arnhem, a town southeast of Amsterdam. He sued last month in hopes of getting a court to change his birth certificate to say he was born on March 11, 1969 instead of his actual date of birth, March 11, 1949, arguing that he's physically and mentally healthy enough that he should be able to reap the professional and romantic benefits of being considered much younger...
"The court found that there was no scope in legislation or case law to allow such a ruling," the Arnhem district court announced Monday. "The court did not find any reason in Mr. Ratelband's arguments to create new case law in line with the statutory provisions on changes to a person's officially registered name or gender."
The announcement explained that the priority is to ensure "accurate factual information" in public registers, and that allowing fake dates of birth would make age-related rights and responsibilities such as voting and attending school "meaningless."
"Mr. Ratelband had failed to sufficiently substantiate his claim that he suffers from age discrimination, and in any case there are other alternatives available for challenging age discrimination, rather than amending a person's date of birth," the court reasoned. "The court also rejected Mr. Ratelband's argument based on free will, since free will does not extend so far as to make every desired outcome legally possible"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here
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