Australian State Gets Rid of Law Forcing Transgender Couples to Divorce

by Admin on July 3, 2018

An antiquated Queensland law was recently scrapped that said that transgender couples who wanted their gender identity legally recognized must divorce.

The law had been on the books since before same-sex marriage was recognized nationwide.

The amended Births, Deaths and Marriages Act now allows individuals who have undergone gender reassignment to have their new gender formally recognized on their birth certificate.

“I hope delivering this reform will go some way to helping the transgender community to live their lives openly and without judgment.,” said the state’s attorney-general, Yvette D’Ath.

This is the most recent step in a concerted effort by the Queensland parliament to get rid of “unjust and unfair” laws from its heavily conservative past, including tossing out convictions of homosexual people, removing the “gay panic” defense in criminal cases, as well as dropping barriers to same-sex adoption.

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