Regarding the marriage of
Michelle Bourke (Australian citizen) to
Michela Ledwidge (E.U. citizen)
Under British law, Michela is considered, by virtue of her birth certificate, to be legally male despite having lived, and been recognised, as a woman for most other circumstances since 1995.
After a three-year relationship, Michelle and Michela have decided to be legally married in the U.K. for the following reasons:
Michelle and Michela are happy to have this opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to each other. This is however not an event they choose to celebrate as the law currently requires the use of “bride” and “groom” labels for the vows. Furthermore, the General Register Office declined Michelle and Michela’s request to swap these labels on the (non-legal) grounds that “this would not be appropriate”.
Neither Michelle nor Michela are available for photos, interviews, or further public comment.
For more information on transgender civil liberties in the United Kingdom, please refer to Press for Change http://www.pfc.org.uk