Transgender People and Marriage

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01/02/2007

The fight to win the freedom to marry from the government is also a fight for the many transgender people who are in same-sex relationships. But there is an extra layer of complication for transgender people, because, if you are transgender, whether or not you are considered by the government to be in a same-sex relationship can depend on whether or not your gender identity is respected. In short, perception of your gender identity affects whether or not your relationship with someone else is seen as a different-sex or same-sex relationship, and, in most states, that determines whether or not the government will allow you to marry your partner.