A Dutchman who wanted to change his date of birth to improve the dating perspective has lost his lawsuit.
The 69-year-old Emile Ratelband wanted to change his date of birth by 20 years to avoid what he called discrimination.
"We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender, why can not I choose my age?" He said.
But the court objected, stressing that many legal rights are based on a person's age and a change at will could cause many problems.
There was no legal basis to make such a change
Mr. Ratelband, who calls himself a "positivity trainer," made headlines worldwide with his unusual request.
Before the hearing, he made television and other press appearances, saying that he felt discriminated against in both employees and on the popular dating app Tinder ̵
"When I'm 49, I can buy a new house, drive another car, I can do more work," he said. "When I'm at Tinder and it says I'm 69, I do not get an answer. When I'm 49, I'll be in a luxurious position with my face."
- It was said he was too old for a job
- Man, 67, denied the job because of age prejudice
In addition to widespread media attention, he was criticized by some for his position with the position People in the transgender community had compared.
In court, Mr. Ratelband claimed that the date of his birth certificate was a mistake – even though he was born that day, March 11, 1949.
The court agreed that age is part of a person's identity , But unlike the gender or name of a person with whom Mr. Ratelband wanted to make comparisons, there were other complications.
"Rights and duties are also related to age … such as the right to vote, the right to marry, the opportunity to drink alcohol and drive a car," the court said.
It turned out that being able to declare oneself younger could open the door to the opposite – aging.
In its ruling, the court said so. Approving the application would cause "legal problems of all kinds" by effectively erasing events of 20 years. She wondered what would happen to the qualifications acquired during that time, to the driving license or to the marriage of a marriage.
It was also said that during a worldwide debate, changes were made to the law that allowed a person to change their gender. There was no widespread approval of the change in such matters, except in the case of Mr. Ratelband.
If he felt discriminated against, the verdict said there were other ways to legislate.