“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?” Emile Ratelband said the 69-year-old man that wanted to change his birth date by 20 years. He tried to change his birth date to boost his dating prospects and to avoid what he claimed discrimination.
But to his chagrin the court struck down his request, there was no legal basis to make such a change, the court said. Furthermore, the court added that many rights in law are based on an individual’s age and any alteration could cause a lot of problems.
“Mr. Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly”, the judges stated, but changing his legal documents would have “Undesirable legal and societal implications.”
Mr. Emile Ratelband made headlines around the world with his unusual legal request. Before the court hearings, he made several appearances on different mediums of news information like the TV and other press appearances.
He claimed that he felt discriminated because against in both employment and on the popular dating app Tinder and he also claims that his doctors supposedly said he had the body of an individual in their 40s.
He argued that if he was allowed to legally change his age from 69 to 49 then he would be able to buy a new house, drive a different car, and get more work, he also added that, when using Tinder with his real age he doesn’t get the answers and responses that he wants, but if his age is changed to 49 then he would be in a “luxurious position.”
He claimed that the date on his birth certificate was a mistake, despite the fact that he was really born on that day, March 11, 1949. The man even compared his case to legal precedents set by the legally recognized name and gender changes which drew flak from the LGBTQ community.
In the end, the court denied Mr. Emile his request, stating it would create “all kinds of legal problems” by effectively erasing 20 years of events. As for his claims of discrimination, the court stated that there are others way to deal with it under the law.