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Boy, 4, with gender identity issue focus of custody battle

It used to be an issue buried deep in the closet.

But a judge has refused to seal a court file involving an ugly custody fight over a little boy who favours "sparkly pink shoes" because it highlighted questions that have garnered a lot of attention and discussion.

"The issue of whether, and to what degree, it is appropriate that parents influence the gender identity of one of their children is a matter of public interest," ruled Ontario Superior Court Justice Douglas Gray. "The open court principle would suggest that the processes of the court should be open to the extent possible to allow the public to see how that debate plays out in the court system."

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