Texas Mulls Stripping Transgender Marriage Rights

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BY CHRISTIE NICKS ANCHOR CHANCE SEALES You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy. Te...
BY CHRISTIE NICKS ANCHOR CHANCE SEALES You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy. Texas OK’ed transgendered marriages with proof of sex change just two years ago, but now Republican lawmakers are working to repeal that decision. Here’s HLN with the break down. “Now the legislature is saying that was a mistake, that 2009 little rule that little law was a mistake we want to change it back, we want to clarify it to make sure that folks that are transgendered cannot marry members of the opposite sex even though their sex now is the opposite sex, so it’s kinda confusing but very very, legally very, interesting.” So why the flip-flop? One of the Republican lawmakers behind the bill, Tommy Williams, tells the Associated Press, it goes back to the Texas constitution- defining marriage as one man and one woman. That’s a point one Dallas Voice blogger says is a little ironic. “if it becomes law, it will indicate that the Texas Legislature thinks it’s perfectly fine for transgender people to marry people of the same sex. And yet, Williams and others are citing their opposition to same-sex marriage as the reason for supporting the bill. … But you can’t have it both ways...” In a 1999 Texas state appeals decision, the court said gender is assigned at birth in cases of marriage- but - in a 2009 Texas law, the state said it would recognize sex change documentation for marriage... confusing, right? William’s says his proposed legislation would simplify the mess. But in the wake of a beating of a transgender woman at a Baltimore McDonalds, A blogger for Unicorn Booty says.... “The passage of this law will only lead to homophobia and discrimination in Texas and beyond. Elected officials have a responsibility to protect and serve all of their constituents. This law will do neither.” But a commentator on conservative blog GOP USA says, the legislature is changing the law back to the way it should be. “These groups that wake up one day and start screaming that they have this right and that right that they can overturn thousands of years the institution of marriage, or morality… are dangerous and deserve a good outing. When outed you see that they have an agenda and it is not one that most people would find very appealing but rather disturbing.” With the debate headed to the Senate, a blogger for Austinist says- the legislation probably won’t go much further. “Given that the Lege is only five weeks away from [adjournment], when the session ends, both bills could well end up by the wayside.” If the legislation does make it through, some already married transgendered couples fear any legal dispute could nullify their marriage. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy