In case you thought the world wasn’t crazy enough already, a new form of insanity just dropped: now a father is getting a better custody outcome from the court system by claiming to be a woman, as the courts generally give preferential treatment to women in custody battles.
That is what happened at the end of 2022 in Ecuador, where an Ecuadorian journalist named René Salinas Ramos. Ramos, who is 47-years-old, just announced that he has changed his gender in an attempt to play the court system’s pro-woman bent, saying (originally in Spanish, with his comments translated into English):
“Being a father in this country, Ecuador, is punished, and I’m only seen as a provider.
“The laws say that the one who has the right is the woman. As of this moment, I am female. Now I’m also a mom. That’s how I consider myself. I am very sure of my sexuality. What I have sought is to give the love and protection that a mother can give her children.”
Ramos added “Now that I am a woman, I can be a mother and I am on equal footing to fight for the parental authority of my daughters. My actions are not against anyone in particular, but against the system which stigmatizes being born male,.”
If you speak Spanish, you can watch that here:
Ciudadano ecuatoriano cambió su género a femenino para luchar por la custodia de sus hijas. “Mi actuar no es contra nadie en particular, sino contra el sistema”, dijo Rene Salinas, quien renunció a su género masculino en el Registro Civil de Cuenca.
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— La Voz del Tomebamba (@tomebamba) December 30, 2022
The translation of the La Voz tweet is “Ecuadorian citizen changed his gender to female to fight for custody of his daughters. “My actions are not against anyone in particular, but against the system,” said Rene Salinas, who renounced her male gender at the Cuenca Civil Registry.”
The Blaze, adding more context as to how Ramos was able to get away with his gender change and what the law is in Ecuador regarding such a change, reports that:
Ramos claimed that he and his ex-wife, whose name has not been reported, are in the midst of a contentious custody battle for their two girls. Ramos hinted that his ex is physically abusive to the children. He also claimed that he had not seen either girl in at least five months and may not have seen his elder daughter in a year and a half.
The Ecuadorian Gender Identity Law, passed in 2015, allows adults to change their gender identity by “self-declaration,” the Post Millennial claimed. Unlike in some states in the U.S., they do not have to show documentation indicating that they have undergone medical treatment, such as so-called gender transition surgery.
While Ramos called the move “great proof of love” for his daughters, some of his fellow countrymen have denounced Ramos for violating what they call “the spirit” of the Gender Identity Law.
“This man’s private matter, to obtain custody of his daughters, isn’t the spirit of the law,” said Diane Rodríguez, who is also supposedly Ecuador’s first “trans” Assembly member.
So, though the legal battle is ongoing, Ramos, now a “mother” with an ID saying he is female, gets to spend time with his kids, who under current Ecuadorian law must spend time with their mother until the legal fight is resolved.
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