Hong Kong Transgender Woman Wins Right to Wed

While we celebrate victory in Minnesota for gay marriage equality, across the globe is another victory for the freedom to marry. From the Wall Street Journal:

Hong Kong’s top court handed down a groundbreaking ruling to allow a transgender woman to marry her boyfriend.

On Monday, the city’s court of final appeal said that being transgender—someone whose physical and sexual characteristics may not match their gender identity—shouldn’t stop someone from getting wed. The appellant, identified in court documents as “W,” is a woman in her 30s who underwent sex-reassignment surgery in Hong Kong in 2008.

In its 4-1 ruling, the court said it was necessary to protect the rights of transgender people. “The greatest and most urgent need for constitutional protection is apt to be found among those who form a minority, especially a misunderstood minority,” the judgment ran.

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