Robert: Man’s request to legally change his age denied

You may of heard of the guy who wants to legally change his age. It was all over the internet a few weeks ago.

Emile Ratelband, 69, wanted to change his birth date by 20 years in order to get more matches on Tinder. (No joke.) He claims that while his birth certificate says he’s 69, he feels 49. He believes if he were to be able to say he’s 20 years younger, he’d have more like getting dates. He also is claiming he is being discriminated based on his age in the dating community.

“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?” he says.

Unfortunately for Emile, the courts didn’t agree with him. Claiming there is no legal basis for changing one’s age, and bringing up that many rights in law are based on a person’s age, the courts ultimately decided the change would cause too many problems. If someone can legally become younger, what’s stopping someone from legally becoming older?

“Rights and obligations are also attached to age… for example, the right to vote, the right to marry, the opportunity to drink alcohol and to drive a car,” the court said.

Mr. Ratelband’s main argument for the change was based on a person’s ability to legally change their gender. The court counter argued by saying the law to allow a person to change their gender took place following a global debate on the issue, Mr. Ratelband is the lone advocate for his cause.

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