Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry, same-sex
couples in California will very soon have the freedom to marry once again. Prop 8, the
California constitutional amendment that stripped same-sex couples of the freedom to
marry, will soon be off the books and unenforceable.
The Delaware Civil Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom Act of 20131
(“Marriage Act”) passed the state
legislature and was signed by the Governor on May 7, 2013. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2013. Below are
answers to frequently asked questions about the new marriage equality law and what it means for people who
live and work in, or visit, Delaware.
Ambulance workers jeered at and refused to treat Tyra Hunter, a transgender
woman seriously injured in a car accident outside Washington, DC who later
died from her wounds. The same kind of hate-fueled medical negligence killed
Robert Eads, a transgender man with ovarian cancer whom 20 separate doctors
wouldn’t treat; one said the diagnosis should make Eads “deal with the fact that
he is not a real man.”
When DOMA and Prop 8 are struck down, we at Lambda Legal will celebrate this huge victory and important step forward. But as we enter our fifth decade of fighting for equality, we know that our work is far from over.
Violence is a plague in the lives of many transgender and gender-nonconforming
(TGNC) people, with hate-motivated beatings and murders very common,
often involving extra cruelty. According to the National Coalition of
Anti-Violence Programs, 44% of reported hate murders in 2010 were
committed against transgender women.
Carrying identification that reflects your genuine, real-world self is basic—
whether you’re transgender or not. Th at’s what ID’s are for. So imagine if every
time you tried to travel, open a bank account or start a new job, someone harassed
you about your ID. Is it fake? Are you pretending to be someone you’re not?
It may seem obvious that the government has no business weighing in on
your gender when it comes to whom you marry. Yet LGBT people continue
to endure interference at the state and federal levels when it comes to respect
for their relationships.
Same-sex couples can begin applying for marriage licenses
on December 6, 2012. Washington law requires all couples to
wait three days after getting a marriage license before they can
hold a marriage ceremony