Why Marriage Matters to Transgender Persons
The fight to win the freedom to marry is vitally important for many transgender people. Often, transgender people who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual would like the freedom to choose to marry their same-sex partners. Regardless of their legal gender identity, marriage discrimination often prevents transgender people from marrying. The National Center for Transgender Equality, a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people, has called for the federal government to recognize all valid marriages where one or both persons is transgender.
“Regardless of whether the problem you face involves lack of respect for your gender identity, or denial of the right to marry, or both, the transgender community benefits from gains in the law regarding access to marriage. When we win the fight for marriage equality, the sex of two spouses will no longer matter legally and transgender people in same-sex relationships – like all other loving couples – will be able to marry.”
—David Buckel and Cole Thaler, Lambda Legal, 2007
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Resources Related to Transgender
Implications of the originally proposed Federal Marriage Amendment
An issue sheet outlining the difficulties facing transgender people because of marriage discrimination.
A legal fact sheet for transgender partners, spouses, parents, and youth, with a focus on California.