Trans Women Can Now Marry in India, Hindu High Court Rules

by admin on May 2, 2019

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India’s highest Hindu court ruled that trans women can now get officially married in under the Hindu Marriage Act.

The ruling proclaims that even a person not born as a woman can be officially recognized as a “bride” when registering a marriage.

The case was brought to court after a man and trans woman, who had gotten married in a temple ceremony, were denied a marriage certificate by Indian authorities.

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“Gender identity falls within the domain of her personal autonomy and involves her right to privacy and dignity. It is not for the State authorities to question this self-determination,” said one of the justices who ruled on the case.

Although it is not the first time a transgender marriage has taken place in India, the Madras High Court’s established a significant precedent that will make it infinitely easier for transgender individuals to marry in the future.

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