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First public transgender marriage dispute in Taiwan

in TAIWAN (CHINESE TAIPEI), 13/07/2013

A Taiwanese transgender couple on Thursday demanded the government reverse what they said is an "illegal" decision to revoke their marriage status, in the latest of a series of same sex and transgender disputes on the island.

Abbygail Wu, 27, and her 29-year-old partner Jiyi Wu both had surgery in July last year to transform them from men to women and were married in October. In order to receive 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.

However, earlier this year Jiyi applied to be granted legal status as a woman, prompting census authorities to revoke the marriage certificate, saying the union is only legal between a man and a woman.

"In the eyes of government officials, gender is far more important than the value of marriage and family," Jiyi told AFP.

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