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Taiwan upholds transgender marriage

Taiwanese authorities have agreed to uphold the marriage status of a local transgender couple, reversing a previous official decision in a ruling activists said would help the bid to legalise same sex marriage.

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17th August 2013 06:13

Alessia Valenza

In what was hailed as a “benchmark” ruling, Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior on Wednesday decided that the marriage status of Abbygail Wu, 27, and her 29-year-old partner Jiyi Wu remained legal.

The couple both had surgery in July last year to transform them from men to women and were married in October.

With a view to receiving a marriage certificate from the government, Jiyi registered with government authorities as a male – the “husband” of the couple – while Abbygail said she was female.

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