The opponents of this law, led primarily by the successful author J. K. Rowling, they felt that these provisions posed a danger to women because it would allow men to enter women-only spaces more easily
The Scottish Parliament today, after three days of debate, approved a controversial law aimed at making it easier for transgender people to transition, which will now be approved from the age of 16.
The law was passed, as expected, by 86 votes to 39, given the large majority held by the Scottish National Party (SNP) local government. The new provisions remove the requirement to have a medical and psychiatric diagnosis when a person requests a document certifying their gender. It also limits the length of time a person has to live with their chosen gender from two years to three months. He is then given another three months to think about it and, if he so wishes, revoke his decision. The certificate will therefore be able to be issued within six months.
The age from which the certificate can be issued is reduced from 18 to 16 years.
The opponents of this law, led primarily by the successful author J. K. Rowling, they considered these provisions to be a danger to women because it would allow men to enter women-only spaces more easily.
Nicola Sturgeon’s government believes, however, that the new law does not repeal the older one that allowed transgender people to be excluded from non-mixed spaces, such as changing rooms.
“I’m a feminist. I will do everything I can to protect women’s rights as long as I live. But I also believe it is my duty to make life a little easier for the minorities who are stigmatized in our country,” said the Scottish First Minister.
The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, noted that there was a risk of “predatory men attempting to exploit loopholes” in the law. The government, however, points out that the law itself guarantees that this will not be done, since it makes it a crime to submit a false request.
Debate on the bill in the Scottish Parliament was stormy. The meeting was interrupted for half an hour on Tuesday as protesters chanted “shame on you” and “no democracy here” from outside the chamber as MPs rejected an article that would have made it harder for sex offenders to change sex.
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