CTA TRANSIT NEWS: A trans woman named Sarah had a problem.
It was a common problem in Pennsylvania, but she said she was getting very few marriage licenses.
A friend told her about the Pennsylvania DMV.
She wanted to know how to get one.
Sarah, a transgender woman, was not sure how to navigate the DMV.
Then, a friend of hers explained that she needed to file for a marriage license and go through the process of getting a certificate of adoption.
“I’m really not sure what that process is,” Sarah said.
“If I were to do that and get a marriage certificate, I would be very unhappy.
What do I do?
Do I get a divorce or something?”
She was worried about her rights as a trans woman and was not comfortable doing that.
So, Sarah decided to get married.
But she was concerned about the DMV and her privacy.
She had been denied a marriage-license because of her gender identity.
“The only way I could get a license to get a wedding and a funeral and everything else is through the Pennsylvania marriage registry,” Sarah explained.
So Sarah was wondering how she could get her name changed to be her birth name on the marriage license, as well as the date and time of the ceremony, and other personal details, so she could not be traced.
She asked the Pennsylvania Department of State to investigate.
It came to the attention of the state attorney general that a woman who wanted to change her name on a marriage licence was not allowed to do so.
The attorney general’s office sent Sarah a letter informing her that the DMV was prohibited from issuing marriage licenses to people who had not completed their gender identity transition, and that it was not legal to change a person’s name on marriage licenses in Pennsylvania.
The DMV, however, said it could change the name of a person who had completed gender transition.
Sarah’s attorney, who is based in Pennsylvania and is also a board member of the Transgender Law Center, wrote a letter to the state’s attorney general saying the Pennsylvania law was confusing.
Sarah did not want her name to be changed, so her attorney sent a letter back.
“This letter is not a legal notice, and it’s not an order,” said David C. Seltzer, one of Sarah’s attorneys.
He said the letter was intended to be an educational tool to inform people about the state law, but it was unclear if it would be used to change Sarah’s name.
Sarah is not the only transgender person who has been denied marriage licenses or marriages because of their gender identities.
In March, a judge in Florida denied the state marriage license of a man who was born a woman but wanted to marry a woman.
The state said the judge’s ruling was a political decision to make an issue about women’s rights, not transgender rights.
Sarah and her attorney are still waiting for a response from the attorney general about how to proceed.
“We’re not expecting anything positive in the state of Pennsylvania,” said Sara Smith, one.
“It’s just an attempt to discriminate against the transgender community, and we don’t believe that that’s the case here.”
The transgender community is also facing discrimination in other states.
In the past year, North Carolina has become the latest state to pass a law that will bar transgender people from using restrooms that correspond to their gender.
In Texas, the state has blocked public agencies from funding gender-confirming hormone treatments.
And in Oklahoma, a county commissioner is considering whether to remove a transgender-themed mural from the courthouse.
It is unclear whether the state will try to enforce any of these laws nationwide.
In fact, the attorney generals office said the Pennsylvania ban on changing a person’t name on wedding licenses is not enforced, even though the law requires the name change to be approved by a judge.
Sarah said she is still trying to get her state’s marriage license approved by the judge.
She said she hopes to get the change in the next few days.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to get my name changed before that happens,” she said.
Sarah was the third person in the U.S. to get divorced.
She and her husband have a 6-year-old son.
The two have two daughters, one born in 2014 and the other in 2017.
They have a son, who also identifies as transgender, and two daughters who are in their 20s.
“My kids are just not used to being different, being different in a way,” Sarah told the Associated Press.
“And I think they’re really open-minded about it, and I don’t think they’ll ever understand it.”
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