Many people are under the impression that everyone has a clear “legal gender” on record with the government, and that changing “legal gender” involves presenting some kind of evidence to a specific agency or institution in order to make a decisive and clear change to the new category. Because of the long history linking transgender identity with medical authority and popular cultural beliefs that changing gender involves surgical procedures, it might especially be assumed that achieving gender reclassification requires presenting medical evidence to an appropriate administrative or judicial decisionmaker. As it turns out, the reality of the rules that govern gender reclassification in the US is far more complex.Not to say contradictory, insane, bizarre and inhuman.
From Christie Lee Littleton's Story :
Christie Lee can go to Houston, Texas and legally marry a man, but if she moves back to San Antonio, Texas, her legal marriage in Houston is now illegal. She could legally marry another woman in San Antonio though, and it would be a same-gender marriage because the State of Texas administratively recognizes her current gender as female. Harris County only accepts current gender for marriage licenses, and Bexar County only accepts original birth certificate gender for marriage licenses, not current gender. Confused? Texas government certainly is. This is what happens when government, in this case the courts, starts meddling in people's private lives.And that's just a start. Such legal psychopathy - for there's no other word that fits - makes a mockery of the law, and the whole concept of marriage. It is beyond Ironic, and well into the Surreal, that all this inhumanity, this making a farce of matrimony, is being committed in the name of defending the sanctity of marriage.