Right to privacy in case of gender change disclosure

Photo credit 3D Judges Gavel by Chris Potter (2012) / StockMonkeys.com / CC BY 2.0

A man in Northern Ireland has won the right to keep his previous gender private under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The case revolved around what information was put on his marriage certificate.  His lawyers argued that disclosing that the couple had previously been in a civil partnership before the man secured legal status as a man, in effect disclosed his gender history.

Ruling on the case, the judge in Belfast said: “There’s no justification for the breach of the applicant’s Article 8 rights.”

 

Photo credit 3D Judges Gavel by Chris Potter (2012) / StockMonkeys.com / CC BY 2.0