May 13th, 2009

Is Your Marriage Gay? It's Never as Simple as You Presume. . .

A trasgendered friend of mine in Texas has joked sardonically that Texas inadvertently became one of the first states to legalize -- no, mandate gay marriage. If a marriage has at least one transgender member, is that marriage gay?

“Taking this situation to its logical conclusion, Mrs. Littleton, while in San Antonio, Tex., is a male and has a void marriage; as she travels to Houston, Tex., and enters federal property, she is female and a widow; upon traveling to Kentucky she is female and a widow; but, upon entering Ohio, she is once again male and prohibited from marriage; entering Connecticut, she is again female and may marry; if her travel takes her north to Vermont, she is male and may marry a female; if instead she travels south to New Jersey, she may marry a male.”

-- Is My Marriage Gay</b> by Jennifer Finney Boylan for the New York Times.