THE sacrament of marriage has been dealt a new blow with a decision by the full bench of the Family Court which opens the floodgates for the legal recognition of transsexual unions as a matrimonial state.
At the centre of the case is a transsexual, who was born female, and his wife. They had asked the full bench of the court to validate their marriage from a few years ago.
The ruling raises a number of serious issues concerning the definition of marriage under the Marriage Act of 1961.
Traditionally, marriage has been a respected union between two people, male and female.
The full bench decision has watered down the meaning of marriage and left a question mark over its sacred state.