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Judge Jeanette Hanna, who issued the verdict, said there is a civil right to sex reassignment to relieve a person from psychological and social suffering.Under Lebanese law, trans persons must complete gender reassignment surgery to petition for a change in status.Hanna challenged the second condition, but not the first.The case drew parallels to a 2014 ruling that challenged bracketing homosexual sex as an "unnatural act," and thus illegal under Lebanese law. It spelled the release for two men accused of misconduct in Batroun.Now, as then, beneficiaries of the ruling will have to rely on other courts following the first judge's lead.Hanna's verdict was issued in September but was published two days ago, according to the NGO Legal Agenda.The man managed to secure the Court of Appeals' approval and the first decision was annulled.
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