Whoever wrote the marriage equality bill in New Zealand was careful to include transgender and intersex folks in its provisions. Our pal Melanie Nathan explains:
New Zealand passed same-sex marriage into law which will take effect on August 19, 2013. It does not just provide that same-sex couples may marry, Section 5 of the act amended the interpretation section of the Marriage Act 1955 to read: “marriage means the union of two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity” (emphasis added). This definition is significant as it allows the marriage of any two people, without the need for either person to define themselves as either the same or different sex as their partner, or to be legally recognized as either male or female.
This is a great example of how the fight for marriage equality doesn’t have to leave anyone behind.