Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Letter of the week: Don’t forget transgender in marriage debate
First Published Jul 22 2014 08:21 am • Last Updated Jul 22 2014 08:21 am

I don’t like how marriage equality is being increasingly framed as a gay and lesbian issue. It’s also a transgender issue, and it benefits heterosexual couples.

My wife and I, while being lesbian, are also transgender, were married on Dec. 30, 2013. Marriages in which one or both persons is transgender have been subject to interpretation by the judge or clerk. Because someone who transitions has a sex they were born with and a gender they transitioned to, the gender of the person is frequently and discriminatorily ruled to be one which puts the couple in a same-sex relationship, and hence not entitled to services. Marriage equality takes gender out of the equation and rules in the favor of love and commitment.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Heterosexual couples benefit because there is no longer a default dominant gender in the relationship, and are free to explore the dynamic that feels more natural to them.

Marriage equality is a human issue, not just a lesbian or gay issue. Let’s remember that all of the LGBT people, including bisexual and transgender people as well as families with non-traditional roles, are impacted by the court rulings on marriage equality and are out there fighting as well.

Sophia Hawes-Tingey

Salt Lake City




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.