In this Article, Professor Coombs argues that the debate about same-sex marriage has wrongfully ignored transgendered people and their relationships. She provides an overview of arguments made by opponents of same-sex marriage, such as tradition, procreation, child-rearing, and family values. She then examines cases involving transsexual marriages and uses this analysis to deconstruct the same-sex marriage debate. Professor Coombs argues that an honest consideration of transgendered people and their relationships forces a re-evaluation of arguments against same-sex marriage and disrupts the gendered patriarchy on which traditional marriage rests. Marriage should be seen as a relationship between two people, regardless of their gender appearance, their gender roles, or the genitalia they currently have. This view of marriage would liberate not only transgendered people but also gays, lesbians, and heterosexual women.
Mary I. Coombs, Sexual Dis-orientation: Transgendered People and Same-sex Marriage, 8 Women's L.J. 219 (1998).