UN Slams Australian ‘Forced Transgender Divorce’ Laws

by Admin on June 23, 2017

Different state and territory governments have been asked to repeal the law

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The United Nations has asked Australian state and territory governments to reconsider their transgender divorce laws which require transgender people to divorce prior to changing their birth certificates if they want the latter to reflect the gender they identify with.

According to QNews, “New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory all require married transgender people to divorce their spouses before their birth certificate can be changed.”

The United Nations Human Rights Committee directive was issued to Australia following an appeal by a New South Wales woman who wanted to remain married but change her gender on a birth certificate.

“The state party has not provided any explanation why a change in sex on a birth certificate would result in irreconcilable and unacceptable conflict with the Marriage Act if the author remains married, whereas a change in sex on her passport in identical circumstances is allowed,” the committee’s decision read.

Many have criticized the laws with Just.equal spokesperson Rodney Croome saying that it was “cruel” to making someone choose between their gender identity and marriage vows.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Florent Mitchell June 23, 2017 at 13:17

Hi. I’m from Britain and my soon to be ex-wife is from Thailand. We have two children, 5 and 8 years of age. I would like to keep them with me in England but my wife is insisting that she take them with her in Thailand. Is there anything I can do from here to get custody of them?

ThailandMan June 23, 2017 at 13:24

I’d suggest you to hire a child custody lawyer in Thailand and to keep the children with you until this whole thing is sorted out.

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