By Kent EwingHONG KONG - In the biggest challenge yet to traditional Chinese values about sex in this city of 7 million people, a male-to-female transsexual is suing the government for the right to marry her male partner. Moreover, because the plaintiff makes such a compelling case, traditionalists find themselves on the legal defensive.No matter the ultimate ruling in this unprecedented courtroom drama, it is another indication of how attitudes toward sex and sexual orientation are changing in Hong Kong and all over Asia. Such a conjugal union is already legally sanctioned in Singapore, Japan and South Korea - and even in some places on the Chinese mainland.From a transgender perspective then, Hong Kong is playing catch-up. For gay-rights activists, increasingly assertive in the city as well, the case also bears watching. But, in the end, theplaintiff's persuasive legal arguments may hit an impenetrable wall of Confucian conservatism in a classic conflict between the law and the prevailing morality of those living under it.....
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Posted by De Sube at 11/17/2009 05:51:00 PM