Malta: Transgender Woman Wins Right to Marry

Written by scott on April 3rd, 2013
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Great News out of Malta – a transgender woman can marry her fiance after the Malta Government dropped its case against her. Pink News reports:

Joanne Cassar, a 31-year-old hairdresser, began legal proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2011 after she was prevented from marrying on the island. Although the case is still pending in Strasbourg, on Wednesday, the Maltese Government dropped its objection to Ms Cassar’s claim. In a statement, Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) and the Aditus Foundation said: “The right of transgender persons to marry was firmly established in a preceding case dating back to 2002 – Christine Goodwin vs. the United Kingdom – where the ECHR held that it ‘finds no justification for barring the transsexual from enjoying the right to marry under any circumstances.’

That’s some progress. It’s great to see our transgender brothers and sisters slowly gaining visibility and rights in many places around the world.


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