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  •  Yes, at times the parent's gender has been very (0+ / 0-)

    important.  I don't do many nationality cases, so I can't remember whether that still makes a difference or not.  As you might imagine, the law was historically tilted in favor of males.

    •  Sure, it's important, citizenship of mom. Because (0+ / 0-)

      until the second world war or thereabouts, sometime after 1936, a naturalized US woman citizen would automatically lose her citizenship if the man she married was not a citizen. Born here, not so.  It happened to my grandma. Another had to do with when one's father came to the US, which made one of my childhood neighbors have to apply for citizenship in her fifties when it was discovered that she had been born in Canada, but her father had come to the US and been naturalized  after rather than before he was a certain age. In citizenship not arising from birth here, gender has long been important.  

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