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Trans marriage equality covered in Bill changes

in NEW ZEALAND, 18/03/2013

“At present, married transgender people wanting their sex changed on their birth record (to enable them to fully adopt the gender of their choice) must either divorce their spouse or change their relationship from a marriage to a civil union,” the report says.

The select committee which has considered the marriage equality bill has made changes which would enable transgender people to remain married when they officially change their sex.

“We are aware of how distressing this can be for transgender people in this position, and how disruptive it can be for their families. “We consider that transgender people should be able to change sex without being subject to these constraints.

“The bill as consequentially amended would enable any transgender people to continue to be married regardless of their gender identity.”


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