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Joanne Leung Wing-yan opposes a policy that requires transgender people to undergo a full sex-change before they are legally recognised. Photo: May Tse
Transgenders 'should not have to undergo sex change before getting married in Hong Kong'

in HONG KONG, 08/03/2014

A draft law which would force transgender people to undergo full sex-change surgery before marrying in their chosen gender is too “simplistic” and “restrictive”, the Equal Opportunities Commission says. 

The Security Bureau introduced the proposed amendment to the Marriage Ordinance last Friday in response to last year’s landmark Court of Final Appeal ruling granting a woman born a man the right to marry. 

If passed, the amendment would write into law the government policy of recognising transgender people only after the removal of their genitals and construction of new ones.

But activists say not all transgender people want to or can undergo the surgery, which would leave them unable to have children, while lawyers question whether the law is in line with the instructions set by the top court.

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