High Court rules in favour of 'third' gender category
THE High Court has ruled New South Wales laws do permit the registration of a third category of sex other than male or female.
Sydney resident Norrie has been fighting the NSW Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages to have a sex change registered as 'non-specific'.
The High Court has dismissed an appeal by the registrar.
Norrie was born a male in Scotland and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1989, and now identifies as neither male nor female.
In 2010, Norrie applied for a name change and to be registered as being of non-specific sex.
The NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages agreed at first, but then the decision was revoked.
Norrie challenged the decision and last year the NSW Court of Appeal found the existing law could recognise additional options.
But the registrar went to the High Court in a bid to have that decision overturned.