Hong Kong court rejects transsexual marriage

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 18:35

Hong Kong: A transsexual woman lost her bid in a Hong Kong court to overturn a marriage registry`s decision that bans her from marrying a man.

The complainant, identified only as W, went through government-funded surgery to become a woman and was even issued a new identity card recognising her gender. But her wish to marry a man was turned down yesterday because she, legally, remains a male.

Judge Andrew Cheung maintained marriage is allowed only between couples of the opposite sex, which is defined at birth, and the relevant issues of transsexual marriages such as inheritance and welfare should be handled by the legislature rather than the court.

According to W the ban was ``discriminatory”.

``I am confused and disappointed by the High Court decision,`` W said in a statement. ``I wish to be treated like any other woman. With one hand the Hong Kong government gives me that hope, yet with the other it takes it away," she added.

W will now file for an appeal, her lawyer said.


First Published: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 18:35
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