A trans woman in Japan has been denied status as the parent of her own child after she transitioned.
The trans woman was assigned male at birth and legally changed her gender four years ago after transitioning.
She had two daughters with her woman partner, one before her transition and one after her transition using sperm she had preserved, according to Japanese media.
However, she was denied legal recognition as her younger daughter’s parent by a court in Tokyo in February.
Her partner, having given birth to both girls, is recognized as their legal mother but the trans woman’s request was rejected.
She appealed, but the Tokyo high court ruled on Friday Aug. 19 that she could only be legally recognized as the parent of the daughter born before she changed her gender and not the second daughter.
No further details were immediately available, the Guardian reported.
Japan remains the only G7 nation that does not legally recognize same-sex marriages.
In March 2021, a court in Sapporo district found the country’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. However, another district court in Osaka found it was constitutional in June.