Gender Recognition Bill [Lords] — Successful applications: married couples — 25 May 2004 at 18:54
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.
This is a Bill with a simple rationale. It addresses the difficulties faced by a small, vulnerable minority who have been denied basic legal rights for too long, and seeks to provide transsexual people with legal recognition of an everyday reality: the gender to which they now belong. On meeting the criteria in the Bill, a person will become in law the gender in which he or she now lives. That means that he or she will be able to get a birth certificate that reflects the acquired gender, and be able to marry or claim a pension in that gender.
Question put, That the Bill be now read the Third time:-
Those voting Aye in this division were voting for to allow a transsexual person to change their legal gender.
The House divided: Ayes 355, Noes 46.
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