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.
Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/05/04/2164188/transgender-marriage-case-abbott.html#ixzz0nCd9mIlr
EDITORIAL QUESTION: Why is this County Attorney asking Greg Abbott?