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AFP News/Philippe Lopez - Michael Vidler, lawyer of a transsexual woman seeking to marry her boyfriend, talks to the press in Hong Kong on May 13, 2013.
Hong Kong transsexual wins fight to marry boyfriend

in HONG KONG, 14/05/2013

A transsexual woman in Hong Kong won a groundbreaking court appeal Monday allowing her to marry her boyfriend and forcing the government to re-write the city's marriage laws.

The woman in her 30s, known in the Court of Final Appeal as "W" under anonymity rules, successfully overturned earlier verdicts that said marriage is only allowed between couples who were of the opposite sex at birth.

W, who underwent sex realignment surgery more than five years ago, argued that her post-operative gender is recognised by the law and that previous rulings were a violation of her constitutional rights. She also said that her re-assignment surgery had been government-subsidised.

The city's Registrar of Marriages had argued that she could not wed her boyfriend because her birth certificate -- which cannot be altered under Hong Kong law -- said she was male.

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