Skip to main content


Showing posts from May, 2010

Transgender marriage in Texas

Brandi Grisson a reporter for The Texas Tribune penned and published a wonderful article that discusses the same-sex marriage conundrum in which Texas.  The "conundrum"  is transgender marriages that have resulted in same-sex marriages which Texas specifically prohibited in the 2005 Amendment to the Texas Constitution?  WHAT?  Okay, let's break it down.  Same-sex marriages that are technically legal occur when one of the two female (or male) spouses were born a male (or female) or a hermaphradite who was identified as a male (or female) on his/her birth certificate.  It's confusing right?  Read her article.  It does an excellent job of explaining how Texas law has created such a conundrum.

Anatomy of a Controversy The Texas Tribune by Brandi Grissom May 14, 2010
Their love story started with fuschia fingernail polish and black leather.  
Therese Bur got her first glimpse of Sabrina Hill — a tall, dark-haired woman decked out in leather gear and flashing those nails — at …

Where is Your State's Stance on Marriage Equality?

The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce recently released this map on Relationship recognition for same-sex couples in the United States. Find out more about the wonderful research and policy work that this organization is doing at

Case is made vs. US marriage law - The Boston Globe

A lawyer for 17 gays and lesbians who wed in Massachusetts urged a federal judge yesterday to strike down the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman, calling it an unconstitutional intrusion on a matter previously left to states.

The case is widely considered the first serious legal challenge in the nation to the Defense of Marriage Act, and puts the Obama administration in the awkward position of defending a law that it says it opposes but believes is constitutional.

Mary L. Bonauto, a lawyer for the Boston-based nonprofit Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, argued in US District Court that the federal government had always let states decide who was legally married until it passed the law in question.
“Your honor, the only thing that changed here was who was going to marry,’’ Bonauto told US District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro. Bonauto alsoled the lawsuit that resulted in the landmark 2003 decision by the state Supreme Judicial C…

Transgender marriage case referred to Texas attorney general

El Paso County Attorney Anne Bernal has asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to rule on whether she should issue a marriage license to two women, one of whom was born a man.
Prior to a sex change operation, Sabrina Hill was known as Virgil. She is now seeking to marry another woman.
Under Texas law, Hill is a male, according to Bernal's request. Hill's original New York birth certificate lists her as a male.
However, a certified birth certificate from a Washington state judge declares that Hill is a female. So does Hill's Arizona driver's license.
In 2009, the Legislature changed the law to allow a person trying to get married to provide a certified birth certificate as legal identification.
The question to Abbott: which form of identification takes precedence when a transgender person wants to be treated as the sex listed under their "true and accurate birth certificate?"
Read more about the case in the PoliTex blog.