What do intersex and the same-sex marriage debate have to do with each other?

A lot, as it turns out.

People who are proponents of prohibitions against “same sex” marriage think it is easy to figure out who is “same sex” and who is “opposite sex.” Not so. Check out our FAQ called What is intersex? to learn more about how it isn’t clear, in practice, where the category of “male” should end and “intersex” begin, or “intersex” end and “female” begin.

Lots of people with intersex that we know are legally married. What will happen to them if we end up with simplistic notions of sex?

And lots of people with intersex we know can’t get legally married, because some doctor decided for them which sex they would count as forever more. Why should a doctor get to decide who you can grow up to marry?

To read more about this, go to:
* Alice Dreger’s blog, What Intersex Does to the Gay Marriage Debate
* A report on a clash between the Department of Homeland Security and the Board of Immigration Appeals
* Stephen Jacquier’s UPI commentary, Gender & the Marriage Debate