Both male at birth, Ms. Jiyi Ng and Ms. Abbygail Wu underwent sex reassignment surgeries last July, three months before they registered for marriage. Prior to the registration, only Ms. Wu changed her gender to female on her national identity card.
Taiwan’s law stipulates a couple must consist of a man and a woman for a marriage to be legally binding.
The couple’s marriage was invalidated when officials discovered that Ng also changed her gender following registration.
The Ministry of Interior, in a closed-door meeting, agreed to accept the marriage as valid because Ng and Wu were legally of different genders at the time of registration.
In May, Hong Kong’s highest court ruled that a transgender woman should be allowed to marry her male partner.
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