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Michael Vidler, lawyer for W, speaks to media outside Court of Final Appeal after the court ruled that transsexuals have the right to get married in May last year. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
Draft law to define who is transgender is expected to provoke debate

in HONG KONG, 03/03/2014

Full sex change surgery would be required for legal recognition.

The government is poised to stoke a public debate on whether transgender people unwilling to undergo full sex-change surgery should have the same rights as "post-operative" transsexuals.

On Friday, the Security Bureau published a bill to amend the city's marriage ordinance - the first concrete action taken since last year's landmark Court of Final Appeal ruling granted a male-to-female transgender person known only as W the right to wed her boyfriend.

If passed, the bill would enshrine in law a pre-existing government policy that transgender people must undergo surgery to remove their genitals and construct new ones before they can qualify for legal recognition of their sex reassignment.

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