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The government of Switzerland rejected attempts to impose a third-gender option or no-gender option for official records last week, distinguishing itself from other European nations that have already adopted the politics of gender identity.

The Swiss Federal Council responded to two proposals from the nation’s parliament saying “the binary gender model is still strongly anchored in Swiss society,” according to The Associated Press.

The Swiss Government 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.”

“Swiss law currently recognizes only binary gender (male and female). The gender of the child is one of the mandatory entries in the civil registry when a child is born,” noted Switzerland’s Library of Congress at the time.

The council noted that adding additional gender options would necessitate “numerous” changes to the language of the Swiss Constitution as well as laws at the national and canton (state) levels. In the nation’s civil registry, all people are listed as male or female with no exceptions.

According to Euronews, the political system in Switzerland is balanced across four major political parties from the far left to the nationalist right. Frequently, public referenda are held on major questions.

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A Swiss government ethics commission found in a 2020 report that the time was not yet right for a change in the system. According to the Swiss Parliament, the process of revising the country’s Constitution is complex, a partial or complete revision of the Constitution needs to be approved by both a majority of the voters and also a majority of the nation’s 26 cantons. This process can be initiated by either a People’s Initiative, a Constituent Assembly, or a Constitutional Convention.

Swiss lawmakers reportedly favored a third option for gender or for gender identity to be eliminated entirely according to Timcast.

Both Germany and AustriaSwitzerland’s neighbors to the north and east respectively, have already had gender ideology imposed upon them through federal court rulings.