There has been a substantial push by the Republicans in the
Minnesota legislature to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex
marriage (which is already against Minnesota state law). Now, it's no
secret that I am absolutely for marriage equality. But, this whole
thing has gotten me thinking more about the legal status of being male
or being female.
It is 2011. I have given up hope that anyone in my lifetime will
invent a good way to package plastic wrap for home use. But, it has
been illegal since 1920 to keep women from voting. It has been
illegal since 1964 to discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex.
It has been decades (not enough, but decades) since women needed
their husband's permission to open a bank account. Since 1998, it
has been illegal for me to sexually harrass people of either sex.
If I walked into the DMV today and told them that my driver's
license has been wrong about my sex for all of these years, what would
happen? They certainly wouldn't change it without my birth
certificate. If I alleged that that was wrong or alleged that I could
not find it, where would I be? Who gave the DMV the right to define
what sex I am?
Why does it make any difference to the government (especially
small government and
that I am male?
The only answers I have are that if I am (legally) male:
- I can be drafted into combat posts.
- I can be penalized for entering women's restrooms (maybe?).
- I am not allowed to marry a male.
I can see the political expedience of the first. I can see the
convenience of the second. I've got nothing for the third.