UK ruled High Court a marriage between a cis woman and a trans man as invalid

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A woman and a trans man have been told by a High Court judge that their ten-year marriage is invalid because during the ceremony they were both female from the legal point of view, and same-sex marriages were not legally recognized in the UK back then, even though the man, identifying as AP in the court papers, had been living as a man for almost two decades. But because he didn’t obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate or update his gender on his birth certificate – both of which were difficult to achieve before the 2004 Gender Recognition Act – he was still legally a female when he married his wife, identified in the court papers as JP. “This is a very sad outcome for this couple who believed they had been legally married for the last 10 years,” solicitor Simon Blain told The Telegraph. “It is one of several recent examples of the law failing to keep pace with the speed of societal change. As increasing numbers of people question traditional concepts of gender, the legal framework put in place by the Gender Recognition Act 2004 appears outdated and unfair.”

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