Tuesday, December 1, 2009
As someone that has been affected by and studied sex/gender issues, it became evident that not all women are chromosomally xx nor all men xy. There are also xo, xxy, xyy and mosaic chromosomal karotypes. Kleinfelters, Turners and Androgen Insensitivity Syndromes; as well as Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and 5-Alpha –reductase deficiency are but a few naturally occurring phenomena that result in female bodied males and male bodied females. Toxicologists are also recognizing the fact that prenatal exposure to certain environmental chemicals with hormonal properties as well as many commonly used medications for male pattern baldness, prostate and heart diseases can result in incongruent sex/genital development as well as ambiguent genitalia, intersexed conditions (hermaphroditism) and transsexuality. For over 40 years now many babies born with ambiguous genitals are surgically corrected (?) to female during infancy no matter what their sex karotype.
Scientists agree that 1.73% of all babies born in the United States have some degree of subclinical intersex condition. Many of those conditions are not realized until patients present to their doctors with fertility issues. The medical community is reluctant to tell patients due to the potential of destroying that persons relationships and resulting in depression, anxiety and possible suicide. Instead they pursue fertility treatments, invitro fertilization. egg and sperm donors, or surrogate motherhood.
Everyone is born with the innate ability to recognize their own gender no matter what genetic, medical or environmental factors they have been exposed to. None of these conditions are a choice for those affected. To exclude these people from protections granted all other citizens is in direct opposition to everything this country stands for. All citizens are entitled to the pursuit of the "American Dream". For over 40 years now many babies born with ambiguous genitals are surgically corrected (?) to female during infancy no matter what their sex karotype. If marriages were to be challenged in a court of law many now legal marriages would need to be annulled.
The original concept of the marriage license was to prevent very closely related individuals from marrying and the resulting potential birth defects due to inbreeding and as societies blessing to those who choose to commit their lives to each other as well as to protect the children. The real threat to our society is the rate at which babies are being born outside of a committed, loving relationship. There are many same sex couples that are totally capable of raising happy, healthy, well adjusted children that will ultimately become productive members of our society.
Let us not forget the dream of the Pilgrims – those that originally risked all to travel to and settle this country. They left their native lands due to religious rule and intolerance. They had a vision of freedom for each individual to express their religious beliefs and worship their GOD without interfering in or being interfered by the beliefs of others - Freedom OF and Freedom FROM religion.
Let us not forget the basic principles shared by all religions. PEACE, LOVE, GRACE and RESPECT for all that share this planet we call home.
Marriage has its roots in religion and, I believe, it is up to each individual church to decide who they will and will not marry. It is NOT the governments business to legislate religious policy. It IS the right of every human being to have their love and commitment recognized by civil law as equal in all respect to that of a religious marriage.
Posted by De Sube at 12/01/2009 07:58:00 AM