An Australian state changed an old law which forced transgender people to divorce their current partner during their transition.

Queensland officials chose to amend the previous law in a parliamentary meeting, according to The Guardian. People who are transitioning can now apply to change their birth certificate without divorcing their spouse.

“This is not a cost or a consequence any law of this state should impose on members of our community,” the state’s attorney-general Yvette D’Ath said. “It has been unjust and unfair and I’m proud to say this distressing choice will no longer be a requirement in Queensland.”

The law change comes as Queensland reviews some of the more conservative laws from the state’s past.


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