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Transsexual must wait for ruling

in HONG KONG, 13/05/2013

The Court of Final Appeal has reserved judgment on whether a transsexual should be allowed to wed her boyfriend.

The former man, identified as "W," had undergone sex-change surgery as well as changing her gender on both identity card and passport.

But the Registrar of Marriages says she is still biologically a male, and therefore not allowed to marry a man.

Counsel for the government Monica Carss-Frisk said the traditional concept of marriage - a union between a man and a woman- has not changed.
And the definition of a man and woman relates to their natural gender and excludes transsexuals, Carss-Frisk said.

She added the Basic Law protects the right to marry, and its scope should be compatible with social values and moral standards.

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