Hong Kong transsexual launches court bid to marry boyfriend
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 13:01
Hong Kong: A Hong Kong transsexual has launched a landmark court challenge to win the right to marry her boyfriend after city officials blocked the move, a report said Sunday.

The Chinese woman in her 20s, who was born a man, was denied the right to marry her male partner by Hong Kong's Registrar of Marriages last year because her birth certificate still identified her as a man, the Sunday Morning Post said.

Changing gender on a birth certificate is not permitted under Hong Kong law which technically meant the woman could only marry another woman, the Post said, adding that same-sex marriages are also banned in the city.

The woman's lawyers will argue that the current legislation breaches her civil rights under Hong Kong's Basic Law and Bill of Rights, the paper said, adding that the unidentified woman's city identity card and other documents have been changed to reflect her new gender.

Arguments in the case are set to begin Monday, the paper said.

Transsexual people are allowed to marry the opposite sex in their new gender in various countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Turkey, and Uruguay, as well as most US states, the paper said.


First Published: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 13:01

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