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ROM VOIDS MARRIAGE OF STRAIGHT TURNED SAME-SEX COUPLE, COUPLE LOSES THEIR BTO FLAT

The Registry of Marriages or ROM has voided the marriages of a straight-turned same sex couple after the man went for a sex change surgery and updated his identity card to indicate female. They were wedded as a same-sex couple for 8 months until it was eventually voided by ROM in February. ROM used the reason of "impersonation by one party" to void the marriage but no other details were given. ROM reiterated that a marriage in Singapore must be between a man and a woman. No other permutations were allowed at this point of time.

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IN A TREND NO ONE WANTS, MARRIAGE FEES ARE THE NEXT TO GO UP

The next on the list of price increases is now the Marriage Registration fees. Starting this Saturday, the ROM will increase the fees by almost double for locals, and three times for foreigners. Couples where at least one party is a Singapore citizen or a permanent resident (PR) will have to pay $42 for registration, compared with the $26 they pay now. Foreigners who now pay $128 on weekdays, $198 on weekends and $298 on popular days will pay a flat $380 from July 1.

ROM indicated that the increase in price is to keep up with rising operational costs, and to ensure that service quality is maintained, maintaining that the last fee increase was back in 2005. ROM also said the different fees charged between locals and foreigners are mainly for ROM is to ensure that marriage fees remain affordable for Singapore citizens and PRs. Couples who want to get married will now have no choice but to pay the higher fees. Government are encouraging more couples to have babies, but they increased the price for couples to get married.

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