Target: Taiwanese Ministry of Interior
Goal: Commend the Taiwanese government for allowing the first transgender marriage in the country
In 2012, Abbygail Wu and Jiyi Wu were married in Taiwan. Three months before their marriage, they both had gender reassignment surgery that transformed them physically from males to females. They were able to be married because Jiyi was registered as male and Abbygail was registered as female. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Taiwan, so this was the only way that the couple could be married.
Recently, Jiyi tried to change her legal status to be female and not male. This would mean that legally, the two would be female so they would not be allowed to be married under current Taiwan laws. Their marriage certificate was revoked, but Taiwan’s Ministry of Interior decided that the certificate still remained legal.
The transgender couple did not expect for their marriage license to remain legal because of the country’s marriage laws that only allow for a man and a woman to be married. In a statement Jiyi Wu said, “The decision was a surprise. We thought we had had a 90 percent chance of losing the appeal.”
This decision will help to push for the legalization of gay marriage in Taiwan. Many LGBT groups in Taiwan are campaigning for a new law for equal marriage. Taiwan is one of the more progressive Asian countries, and is closer to legalizing same-sex marriage than most of the Asian countries. Commend the Taiwanese Ministry of Interior for upholding the marriage between the transgender couple by signing the petition below.
Dear Taiwanese Ministry of Interior,
In Taiwan, it is illegal for two people of the same gender to be married under current law. Many groups and individuals are trying to change that law by legalizing equal marriage. Recently, a transgender couple experienced problems with the marriage laws in your country.
The couple was married in 2012 even though both of them transitioned from males to females before their marriage. Jiyi Wu did not change her legal gender status to reflect her gender identity, so her legal status remained male for their wedding. Abbygail was registered as female so they were able to marry legally in Taiwan.
When Jiyi decided to change her legal gender status to reflect her gender identity, the couple faced issues with their marriage certificate remaining legal. It was first revoked, but then your ministry upheld the legality of the couple’s marriage. Now, both women can be legally recognized by the correct gender and be legally married.
Taiwan is becoming closer to legalizing same-sex marriage, and this case will push the Taiwanese government to legalize it even sooner. Thank you for allowing the first transgender marriage in your country. Now it is time for more progress by legalizing marriage for everyone regardless of their genders.
[Your Name Here]
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