HK transsexual loses nuptials case

2010-10-05 12:55
Hong Kong - A Hong Kong court ruled on Tuesday against allowing a marriage between a transsexual female and a man in a case that has tested the bounds of social tolerance and individual freedoms in the Chinese city.

In the verdict, the judge said a person had to have been a woman at birth to marry a man, but said also the ruling shouldn't be the decision of the courts alone.

The individual, referred to as W in court, was born male and underwent a sex change. While W's gender was reclassified on her Hong Kong identity card, her birth certificate wasn't and still describes W as a man.

Speaking after the ruling, W's lawyer said she'd appeal.

"She is determined to be treated as a woman and accorded the same rights as a woman," Michael Vidler told reporters.

Sex change right, marriage wrong

Government figures show that 12 people changed the gender classification on their identity cards last year and activists have long pushed the government to grant transsexuals all the rights that are accorded to people of their gender.

"She still cherishes the hope that she'll be able to marry her boyfriend. Maybe not today but in the near future and not after ten years of consultations, government procrastination or inactivity," Vidler added.

W criticised the Hong Kong government for allowing her sex change but denying her the right to marry her boyfriend.

"I am in love with him. Marriage is something to guarantee a relationship between a man and a woman," W told Cable Television in a telephone interview.

"This is a woman's right and I am a woman ... I feel the government is discriminating against us a little."

Lawyers said Hong Kong lagged other places like Singapore, China, South Korea and Japan which have allowed such unions.
 

Read more on:    china
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to be too fixed on a set way of doing things today. You may get challenged and the best approach is to keep an...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.