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THE TEST OF SEX FOR MARRIAGE IN SINGAPORE

DEBBIE S. L. ONG

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 12, issue 2, pages 161-179
Published in print August 1998 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online August 1998 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/12.2.161
THE TEST OF SEX FOR MARRIAGE IN SINGAPORE

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After the seminal case of Corbett v Corbett in England which decided on a biological test of a person's sex for purposes of contracting a marriage, many articles have been written regarding the proper legal test for the determination of the sex of transsexuals. Singapore has applied the English test in Corbett until statutory amendments were made to the law with respect to a transsexual's capacity to marry. The statutory amendment in the Women's Charter, which came into force on 1 May 1997, offers a unique solution to the determination of sex by employing an administrative test. However, it has implications on the marriage contracted and the marital relationship resulting from it; it may lead to anomalous results where the law on consummation and adultery continues to adopt the Corbett position since these areas remain unaffected by the specific statutory provision. The author argues that the new test is realistic and workable but in order to completely improve the law on transsexual marriages, the laws on consummation and adultery must also keep in line with the new test.

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