Malta delays transsexuals wedding – Rachel Charman

The Maltese Director of Public Registry is continuing to resist the release of marriage banns for a transsexual woman and her male partner.

Mr Justice Gino Camilleri ordered the director, Anthony Geraldi, to issue the banns on 12th February, on the grounds that the union between the transsexual and her partner did not conflict with any part of the Marriage Act, as she has now become a woman.

But a week later, Geraldi requested a reversal of the court decree, claiming that the change in the Act of Birth of the transsexual that allows a change of name and gender was only to protect her privacy.

This, he believes, does not mean that she can now be considered a woman in legal terms as her surgery was cosmetic.