The Government of Switzerland yesterday rejected the idea of introducing a third gender on official records refusing a proposal put forth by the country’s parliament.
The Governing Federal Council rejected the two proposals put forth by parliament saying that “the binary gender model is still strongly anchored in Swiss society”.
The Federal Council also stated that allowing for such changes would require “numerous” changes to the Swiss Constitution as well as at a national level throughout the country’s 26 ‘cantons’, or political or administrative regions.
Speaking of the legislative framework that would be needed to make such a change Federal Council members said, “The social preconditions for the introduction of a third gender or for a general waiver of the gender entry in the civil registry currently are not there,”.
As a semi-direct democracy any change to the Swiss Constitution would require a referendum be held.
The country, which has a population of approximately 8.2 million, also made headlines last Monday after temporarily halting the intake of refugees as part of the United Nations refugee agency’s resettlement programme.