Rather than continue to beat the dead horse that is gay marriage, Texas Republicans have now turned their attention towards another kind of union that will ruin family life as we know it: transgendered marriage. Two years ago the state passed legislation legalizing such marriage, but are now back-pedaling in the name of clarifying matters for county clerks who are confused about how the 2009 law intersects with a law from ten years earlier that states gender is assigned at birth, regardless of future reconstructive surgery. The most confusing part of all, of course, is that Texas law clearly defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Got all that? Great, let's keep going.
As of right now, Texas allows transgendered men and women to marry their cisgendered partners by simply presenting a court order documenting their sex change. If this sounds too good to be true, Governor Rick Perry would like you to know that, indeed, it is. According to Perry's spokesperson, the measure that legalized transgender marriage was snuck through in other legislation and the state is now simply trying to set the record, er, straight. Thus far, the measure has only been introduced; neither the Senate nor the House have voted on it. If the measure is removed from the original 2009 legislation, however, not only will future marriages be illegal, it's very possible current marriages will be nullified as well.
The truly striking part of this pending legal battle is the tact government officials pushing for it are using while discussing it. Senator Tommy Williams released a statement saying that he understands not everyone is comfortable with the gender they are born with and thus may end up getting an operation to correct that, so he "appreciates" the "emotional" quality of removing the measure. Forgetting about the vaguely condescending word choice, it seems like Williams isn't a horrible guy, right? That's why it's so confusing that later on in his statement he declines to call the removal of the measure discriminatory, instead opting to insist that the change is solely about making life easier for the confused clerks who shouldn't have to make such ethically based decisions on behalf of the state. So you see, this isn't about hating on transgendered love. This is a clerical issue, plain and simple.