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Hong Kong Security Secretary Lai Tung-kwok (Photo by Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Hong Kong moving to allow post-op transgender people to marry opposite-sex partners

in HONG KONG, 10/01/2014

Hong Kong’s Security Secretary has extended a court’s order that a transgender woman be able to marry her opposite-sex partner to also include transgender men - but transgender people who have not undergone surgery have been excluded from the government’s plans for reform.

Hong Kong Security Secretary Lai Tung-kwok has extended a Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal order that allowed a post-operative transgender woman to marry her male partner to also include post-operative transgender men in the clearest signal that the Hong Kong Government intends to amend its marriage laws.

However Tung-kwok stressed only transgender people who had undergone a full transition with surgery would be recognized if the reform were passed, saying that any reform would include ‘the concrete requirements of sex reassignment surgery.’

In order to qualify under the planned reform a transgender person would have to provide medical documentation showing that they had had surgery to construct new genitals that matched their new sex.

Last July the Court of Final Appeal gave the Hong Kong Government 12 months to adopt it’s ruling.

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