Re: transgender marriage

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Jan 13 2002 - 15:38:44 MST

Spike Jones wrote:

> This morning's SJ Merc has an article about a widow from
> Kansas who is being disinherited by her stepson. The
> stepson is challanging his father's marriage because the
> stepmother was born a man. The Kansas legislature has
> failed to grok the notion than gender is determined not by
> what is between the legs but rather what is between the
> ears. spike

The wonderful state of Texas had a similar case a while back. A
transsexual woman who had had surgery decades before and gotten
married wished to contest her husband's wrongful death due to
medical malpractice. It was a pretty strong case and would have
been open and shut against the hospital normally. But defense
found out her history and said the case was invalid because the
marriage was invalid because she "is a man". This despite the
fact that most states, Texas included, recognize the gender
change and that the individual is of the target gender at least
sufficiently to mark all paperwork so and to allow such
marriages. The court ruled for the defense. It was a very dark
day. However, I know of serveral transsexual lesbian women who
are talking of organizing to go get legally married in Texas to
their non-transsexual partners. After all, Texas can't expect
to have it both ways. :)

- samantha

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