ECHR to review Finnish trans marriage case

06/05/2013
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from YLE: http://yle.fi/uutiset/echr_to_review_finnish_trans_marriage_case/6614714

A Finnish case involving a woman who underwent gender reassignment surgery and now wants to have her female gender recognised in official documents is to be reviewed by the Grand Chamber Panel of the European Court of Human Rights.

The court had ruled against the woman’s claim in November, but will now look again at the case.

The plaintiff wants a new identity number, which would indicate her new female gender in official documents. To do that under the current rules, however, her marriage to a woman would have to become a civil partnership.

She claims this requirement is discriminatory and violates her right to respect for private and family life, which is protected under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.


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