Wow, it's getting even worse. Somehow, I can get (not accept, you understand) the logic that says a transsexual cannot marry a person of their so-called natal sex.
But the Department of Homeland Security has taken that one step further. ANY marriage by a person who declares themselves to be transsexual is void as far as the application of immigration policies is concerned. (Story)
The controversial policy was clarified in a memo dated April 16, 2004, which was sent to U.S. immigration officials throughout the world, said Bill Strassberger, a spokesman for the department's Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The memo states that immigration officials "shall not recognize the marriage, or intended marriage, between two individuals where one or both of the parties claims to be a transsexual, regardless of whether either individual has undergone sex reassignment surgery, or is in the process of doing so."
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has approved the policy, he added.
How does our being married affect national security? Why does this policy exist? Who took the time to actually write us out of existence?