The couple, whose identities remain unknown but who are referred to in court documents as AP and JP, were married on Valentine’s Day in 2009.
In 1990, AP, then aged 34, underwent gender reassignment surgery transitioning from female to male. Prior to their marriage in 2009, AP had lived as a man for nearly 19 years.
However, he had neither obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) nor had he updated his birth certificate.
As a result, the ceremony has been declared invalid, rendering the couple “distressed”. This was because at the time of their marriage, under English law, same-sex marriage was not recognised.
So, bird. Moves to bloke. We didn’t have same sex marriage then, never did get the legal declaration that she’d changed sex. Or gender. So, no marriage.
All of which is very simple. But even the lawyers in this case seem very confused by the whole trannie thing:
Simon Blain, partner at Forsters LLP, added that the case deals with “an unusual and possibly unique set of circumstances”.
“Despite having undergone gender reassignment surgery and living as a woman, the court found that her failure to obtain a GRC meant that at the time of the marriage she was still legally male. As same-sex marriage was not legal at the time, the court found the marriage to be a nullity (there had never been a legal marriage).
BTW, no, the original no marriage thing, it’s not some ghastly imposition upon human rights. The way out was available, they just didn’t use it. Tough on them.