Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Marriage Equality & DOMA

Now that the LGB community have won two cases before the Supreme Court, the California Proposition 8 and the DOMA cases recognizing marriage equality for LGB people in California and under federal law, respectively, and you'll be fighting for reciprocity of marriage equality in states which currently don't recognize same-sex marriage, I have one question.

When will you stand up and fight for transgender people to have the same marriage equality?

I'm not talking about same-sex or gender marriage but marriage where one of the partners has transitioned to the other gender with full legal recognition and status of their new sex and which is not recognized by many states which still uses their birth sex, original birth certificate or their genes as the designation of their legal sex/gender status and not the new legal status.

Will you argue they have the same with same-sex marriage rights, that their concerns are irrelevant?

Except it's not to those people who have their life upended in court fights to find their marriage considered invalid, not because of their legal sex or gender but their birth sex, requiring them to relive who they were for their legal status and not who they are.

Will you fight for them now? Or will you just forget them as you always have?

You've won these fights and now transgender people are the same again, out of sight, out of mind, again?

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