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Tennessee trans woman has marriage declared invalid

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  1. It doesn’t matter one jot whether she has had surgery or not.

  2. Pumpkin Pie 13 May 2009, 10:57pm

    Exactly what I came here to say!

    I don’t think the general public realises that not every transsexual wants to have invasive surgery. I mean, it’s great that that road is open to those who want to pursue it, but to have society dictate that you should be surgically altered before they’ll even begin to recognise you for who you are is rather sadistic.

    It should be a choice, not an expectation. I bet the plebs who write these rules have never even heard of hormone replacement therapy, either. :p

  3. The point isn’t whether she’s had surgery, it wouldn’t make any difference in that state either way, change of sex just isn’t recognised. The problem is that there’s a situation in the USA that is too complicated for many to cope with. Where the rules on birth certificates and marriage vary completely from one state to another, or even, such as in Texas, across a single state, but much of the population is quite mobile, with lives across many states. And those who get it wrong can face prison, or the consequences of publicity and denial of marriage.

    And when you’re in love silly laws can seem optional. That’s human, and common.

    It a shame the report doesn’t say whether she’s in prison because of the marriage and the fallout.

    Its very disturbing that the story immediately becomes an opportunity to attack the surgery that is essential to some, and spread the idea that it is common not to have had it. That’s pretty threatening.

  4. Jen Marcus 14 May 2009, 6:53pm

    Its unfortunate that things like this happen in the US. This is just another example of negative religious affectation and meddling in secular politics and laws. Point of fact, many southern states like Tennessee, also, some midwestern, and southwestern states are not very progressive. They are too biblically centered and do not take in account modern science, medicine and genetics so as result injustices and inequities like this exist in these jurisdictions. So much for the First Amendment, US Constitutional Doctrine of Separation of Church and State!

  5. I had to go thru GRS as well, cos i wanted my identity changed. No other way possible. But I wanted to stay married. Absolutely not possible! That’s Europe. Luxembourg, the country that claims to be so modern and openminded. Even if US has problems to resolve at that level, don’t blame too much. Same situation here: catholic church fiiddles far too much in politics as well.

  6. How horrid that even in a quote from the Director of Communications for the Clerk’s Office doesn’t have the decency to refer to her as a female.

  7. Pumpkin Pie 15 May 2009, 12:27pm

    I was thinking the same thing, Leilah.

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