Scottish Govt pays out £150k after losing fight to redefine ‘woman’

Sep 29, 2022 by

from The Christian Institute:

The Scottish Government has paid out almost £150,000 in legal fees after failing to change the definition of woman to include men.

Women’s rights group For Women Scotland (FWS) took legal action against the Government for including men who identify as female in a law designed to address the number of women on public boards.

The group initially failed in its judicial review of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018, but have now received £147,500 towards their legal costs following a successful appeal earlier this year.

‘Clear error’

FWS said it will use the money in its separate judicial review against the Scottish Government for revising statutory guidance on the Act in a way that still attempts to change the definition of women.

The guidance now claims that where Gender Recognition Certificates (GRC) have been issued to people who identify as the opposite sex, their sex becomes the one stated on their GRC.

In a statement, FWS said Scottish ministers have made a “clear error in law” by attempting to create a category of ‘legal sex’ separate from a person’s biological sex.

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