A 69-YEAR-OLD man has demanded to have his age legally changed, arguing judges should allow him to be younger on paper in the same way they can legally change a person’s sex.
Dutchman Emile Ratelband says he looks and feels 49-year-old, and the fact his ID claims he is 69 causes him trouble with both work and women.
Mr Ratelband, who is a famous motivational speaker and media personality in The Netherlands, was born on March 11 1949.
Mr Ratelband said: “When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work.
“When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.
“Transgender people can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate, and in the same spirit there should be room for an age change.”
The motivational speaker claims doctors are on his side, as they had to concede his body is only 49.
He explained: “I have done a check-up and what does it show? My biological age is 45 years.”
Emile Ratelband is a famous motivational speaker and media personality in The Netherlands
However, his local government does not agree with him and has denied his request of amending the age field on his documents.
In turn, Mr Ratelband sued them, bringing the case to a court in the city of Arnhmen, in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland.
The media personality argues he is being discriminated against because of his age, with companies being reluctant to hire him as a consultant because he has the age of a pensioner.
But Mr Ratelband does not want to receive a pension yet, and he has pledged not to claim for one until he reaches retirement age again should he win the case.
However, the court is unlikely to cave in.
Emile Ratelband brought his case to a court in the city of Arnhmen
The judge expressed his sympathy for Mr Ratelband’s argument, conceding legally changing sex was unthinkable just a few years ago.
However, he explained that allowing people to change their birth date would create problems from a legal point of view.
The judge argued what would be of Mr Ratelband’s first 20 years if he was to delete them from his documents.
He said: “For whom did your parents care in those years? Who was that little boy back then?”
Pushing ahead his birthday, the judge explained, would equal to deleting part of their lives.
The court is due to deliver a written ruling within four weeks.
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