The 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio heard oral arguments Sept. 2 in a case of first impression involving the marital right of transsexuals and the right of people to alter their gender legally.

At issue in Littleton v. Prange is whether a transsexual can legally marry a person of the same sex in which the transsexual was born. Same-sex marriages are not permitted anywhere in the United States, but attorneys for Christie Lee Littleton, a male-to-female transsexual, argue that she was not a man when she married Jonathan Mark Littleton in 1989.

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