The authorities of Singapore were reduced to void the marriage of a couple after the husband carried a sex change, because same-sex marriage is illegal in the country. So, the couple’s marriage became just a same-sex partnership union.
The couple married as man and woman in 2015 but the husband underwent a sex change operation and updated his national identity card to read “female”. Once, the happy weds decided to buy a government-built apartment, as according to the law, married couples in Singapore receive state grants for first-time purchases of government apartments. But their trick had failed miserably, when they provided all the necessary documents to the authority. The marriage was voided in several months, making them ineligible to buy the apartment they wanted. Singapore’s Registry of Marriage said it would not give details on individual cases, but cited the country’s laws which state marriage is a union between a man and a woman. “At the point of marriage, a couple must be man and woman, and must want to be and want to remain as man and woman in the marriage,” it said in a statement. The Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong buys into the idea that the country is not ready for same-sex marriage legalization, as most of the country’s citizens stay conservative.