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The bill, which has been stalled for over a year, would have aligned the Marriage Ordinance with a Court of Final Appeal decree last year in favour of a trans woman who won a three-year-long battle to marry her boyfriend.
However, the Marriage (Amendment) Bill was shot by 40 lawmakers at its second reading yesterday. Only 11 Beijing loyalists supported it and five abstained.
According to the South China Morning Post, security minister Lai Tung-kwok has come under fire from lawmakers for failing to lobby enough support before trying to push through law revisions.
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