Faruqi and Greenwich to introduce Bill to change Births, Deaths and Marriage Act
Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and NSW Greens LGBTI spokeswoman Mehreen Faruqi will introduce a private members Bill to NSW Parliament today to change the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act so transgender people can have their gender changed on their birth certificates without having to first divorce their partners.
Currently NSW law requires any transgender people who were married prior to their transition to split from their partners before they can be issued with an updated birth certificate.
Faruqi said,”It is unacceptable that relationships and families can be torn apart so callously by discrimination ingrained in NSW law. It is time the law fully recognises and protects our Trans and Intersex communities.”
''This bill allows loving and committed couples to stay together,'' Greenwich said. ''As the debate with marriage equality continues, this is something that state governments can do to ensure trans people are protected. There are a number of members in our Parliament who are strong advocates for marriage and this is about keeping these marriages together.''
Greenwich said not having gender recognition on identity documents could cause serious issues for transgender people.
Image: Alex Greenwich and Mehreen Faruqi prior to introducing their Bill to NSW Parliament.