Texas Legislation Would Strip Transgender Marriage Rights

Republican lawmakers in Texas have introduced legislation that would strip marriage rights from transgender people, the AP reports:

Williams One of the Republican sponsors of the legislation said he's simply trying to clean up the 2009 law in a state that bans same-sex marriage under the constitution.

"The Texas Constitution," Sen. Tommy Williams (pictured) said, "clearly defines marriage between one man and one woman."

The legislation by Williams, of Houston, and Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, of Brenham, would prohibit county and district clerks from using a court order recognizing a sex change as documentation to get married, effectively requiring the state to recognize a 1999 state appeals court decision that said in cases of marriage, gender is assigned at birth and sticks with a person throughout their life even if they have a sex change.

Not only would the legislation strip away future marriage rights, it could nullify some marriages already in existence.

The legislation has passed a Senate committee vote and awaits approval but the full Senate. Similar legislation in the House has not yet had a hearing.


  1. MT says

    Speaking of marriage, did anyone watch The Stonewall Uprising on channel 13 last night? The head of The Mattachine Society was interviewed back in the day and when the interviewer asked him what kind of laws he was looking for he responded with ‘let me start with what kind of laws we’re NOT looking for’ and proceeded to name marriage and adoption. He also denied being gay when asked flat out if he was a homosexual saying he ‘hadn’t been for a number of years – 4 years.’

    If anything watching that documentary was a reminder that in a lot of places in this country we haven’t moved an inch since 1969.

  2. Francis says

    Shows us all again how much these people regard LGBT individuals as less than human and therefore less than full human equality. With all of the issues this country has, they have chosen to make attacking us one of their main tenants. Such miserable losers.

  3. Gregv says

    Ironically, this law would have the unintended effect of nullifying the opposite-sex marriages of transgendered people but actually legalize their same-sex marriages, assuming the definitions and pronouns that we normally would use.

    A couple made up of an MTF woman and a man would have their marriage rights revoked, but a couple made up of an MTF woman and another woman would now be allowed a marriage license.
    Likewise, a man like porn star Buck Angel would be discriminated against because he is married to a woman. But if he were to ever break up with her and marry another man, they could be husband-and-husband in Texas.

    The situation of transgendered people really illustrates the absurdity of this sex discrimination. I remember reading years ago that in some states, a transgendered person is ONLY allowed to marry a man and in other states is ONLY allowed to marry a woman. I don’t know how that works for federal laws.

  4. says

    Those Republicans just can’t be happy unless they are hating on someone. And they love enforcing their tired old laws on people. You know they still have a law on the books that says . . . All horses brought into the downtown city must be properly tethered to the hitching post.

    They’re afraid to get rid of the law. Someday they may find a way to use it against gay people.

  5. Kim says

    I am with you Rich F., this is the same hate and exclusion I feel, when there are six endocrinolgists in the Corpus Christi area and every one of them refuse to treat me without any valid basis to refuse me or medically supported reasoning, despite the fact I have been on a female hormone regimen since 2003. Houston may have a lesbian Mayor, but this State has a LONG way to go in regard to anti-discrimination and equality toward the LGBT community. Pathetic and inexcusable, the poorest excuses from Texas are the standard and the situation isn’t likely to change anytime soon.

  6. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    with the Texas drought , wildfires burning up large chunks of the state, and tornadoes destroying towns the texas wacko repub legislature would have more important things to worry about

  7. r says

    Thank God. I cannot tell you what a huge, massive social problem this is. The marriage of transgendered people is so incredibly disruptive, and has wreaked havoc on our society, and the ramifications – from the high prices we’re seeing at the pump to the lamentable state of our education system – are manifold. It’s just wonderful that there are lawmakers who are finally getting down to the real root of our problems: transgendered people who are in love. For shame.

  8. Gregv says

    @anon: If that’s the case, then the law, ironically, still allows all transgendered Texans who presently are partnered to get a marriage license if the want to. Straight transgendered Texans can sign up now, and gay transgendered Texans could sign the papers after the law is passed.
    The only ones left without the choice are those who are in opposite-sex relationships who do not presently have a fiancé (e).

  9. says

    If passed, this would make Texas more regressive than Iran when it comes to recognizing transgendered rights (where sex reassignment is legally and religiously recognized unequivocally) as well as many other horrible regimes. In fact, sex reassignment and subsequent legal recognition has been implemented throughout the world, including Texas, for decades without any problems or objections from even the most conservative clerics. This is actually an entirely new avenue of attack from the Republicans.

  10. Fidel says

    @LetSodomRing: Don’t forget Cuba! Even Cuba acknowledges sex reassignment surgery!

    Then again, the biological facts of SSR (or evolution or diverse sexualities) have never impeded radical Republicans from muckracking before.

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