Laura Russell, Stonewall’s Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, said: ‘It’s deeply disappointing to hear the Court has ruled against Freddy McConnell. We believe this ruling is a missed opportunity to send a positive message and recognise all parents, including LGBT parents, for who they are.
‘This legislation desperately needs to be updated to ensure trans people are recognised for who they are in all areas of their lives. It’s another example of how current legislation contradicts the fragile equality trans people currently have, by creating a situation where trans people can have full recognition on some legal documents, but not on others. Updating this legislation will also benefit others in the LGBT community, specifically same-sex parents, who face similarly inaccurate and unequal representation on their children’s birth certificates.
‘We stand with Freddy and our work continues until outdated legislation recognises the correct legal status of all lesbian, gay, bi and trans parents when their child is born.’