The Case of a transsexual from Finland was rejected by Europe's rights court on Wednesday, who said she was being compelled to convert her marriage to a civil partnership to be recognized as a woman. The woman, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2009, had complained that Finnish authorities had refused to recognize her as a woman on official documentation until she changed her marriage status. But the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it was "not disproportionate to require the conversion of a marriage into a registered partnership as a precondition to legal recognition of an acquired gender". Judges at the Strasbourg-based court said civil partnerships in Finland offer legal protection for same-sex couples "almost identical to that of marriage." They also said that changing the relationship status would not affect the paternity of a daughter born to the couple, or the responsibility either of them has for her care. Heli Hamalainen, who brought the case, was born male in 1963 and married a woman in 1996. They had a child in 2002, and seven years later, he underwent surgery to become a woman. Afterwards, however, local authorities refused to modify Hamalainen's identity number to indicate her female gender in official documents unless her wife agreed to convert the marriage into a civil partnership. The couple objected, saying divorce went against their religious beliefs and offered less security than a marriage. Hamalainen had brought proceedings against the decision in Finland before taking the case to the ECHR. However, the court decided there had not been a breach of the right to respect for private and family life in this case, nor had their been any discrimination against the couple because of Hamalainen's change of gender.Source: AFP << Archie Comics Featuring Gay Marriage Banned in Singapore Study Claims Walking on All Fours is Not Backward Evolution >> Recommended Reading Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Color Blindness Calculator Vent Forte (Theophylline) More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?