Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Yet another reason to privatize marriage

It seems that Texas lawmakers want to curtail transgendered people's right to marry. From here:
AUSTIN, Texas — Two years after Texas became one of the last states to allow transgendered people to use proof of their sex change to get a marriage license, Republican lawmakers are trying to roll back the clock.
Given concerns about the economy and about runaway government, why does Texas so urgently need to take away people's rights?
But when asked about claims of discrimination, [State Senator Tommy] Williams insisted his goal is to simplify marriage licensing for clerks who are trying to balance the 2009 law with the 1999 Texas appeals court ruling.

“They shouldn’t have to resolve these issues,” Williams said. “We have confused them.”
On one point, I agree completely: The clerks shouldn't have to resolve these issues. Allowing either the clerks or the state legislature to do so reduces marriage to "The government gave, and the government hath taken away; blessed be the name of the government."

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