Donita Ganzon’s driver’s license says “female.” So does her passport. And her marriage certificate. She’s married to a man. She has female sex organs. She looks and dresses like a woman. And yet her husband may be deported because the United States government says the marriage is “gay” (sounds a lot like a playground insult, huh?) and won’t recognize it as valid. Because the marriage isn’t valid, they won’t issue him a green card. And all this because more than 20 years ago, Donita Ganzon had a sex change operation to match her physical sex to the gender she had always identified with.
State laws on marriages where one or both partners is transgender vary widely, and have so far been generally ignored in the same-sex marriage debate (except from a handful of people on the right who cruelly use transgender people to illustrate how “perverted” the LGBT community is). Read the whole article, as it presents many pieces of information that I had no idea about. For example:
-Being transgender is more common than cystic fibrosis
-About 1 in 30,000 people undergo sex reassignment surgery — and many more identify as transgender but never have the operation
-Transgender people are murdered at a rate 16 times that of average Americans
This issue, as far as I can tell, falls into the category of, “Who does it hurt?” If these two people, who are already married, have their marriage recognized by the U.S. government, who is harmed by it? I mean, they fit the “traditional” definition of marriage, right? One man, one woman? If Ganzon shouldn’t marry a man, then would the government recognize her marriage to a woman? Or should she not be allowed to marry? If not, should she just be celibate her whole life, since sex outside of marriage is a no-no? This one has me thoroughly confused.
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