Hämäläinen v Finland - comparison of facts with USA law

Four NGOs in the USA - Transgender Law Center, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - submitted a third party intervention in support of the referral of Hämäläinen v Finland to the Grand Chamber. 

The intervention contains a comprehensive analysis of USA federal and state law regarding marriage between two parties where one person reassigns their sex. 

The intervenors conclude:

"to our knowledge, no federal, state, or local law in the United States mandates the dissolution of a valid marriage merely because one spouse pursues or obtains gender reassignment during marriage. In fact, to the contrary, United States courts continue to recognize a marriage that is valid when celebrated as continuing to be valid after one spouse undergoes a legal gender transition".

Full text available here:


  1. http://helihamalainen.puheenvuoro.uusisuomi.fi/152795-defending-our-faith-and-marriage


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