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posted Friday, August 31 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 35
Transgender couple weds in King County
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Transgender couple weds in King County

And yes, it's official and completely legal

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On August 25, at King County District Court in Shoreline, the Tippayapaisal-Emongart marriage took place in front of a crowd of 30 friends and family. The wedding was not unlike any other that takes place every day across Washington state, with one exception: Worapat Tippayapaisal, a Transgender woman, tells SGN she married Pitchanum Emongart, a Transgender man. The two were able to marry because Transgender couples of the opposite sex are recognized for the gender they legally identify with, not their sexual orientation.

Tippayapaisal immigrated to the U.S. from Thailand 10 years ago and is now a U.S. citizen. When Tippayapaisal was 21 she transitioned to become a female.

'We met each other at a restaurant,' Tippayapaisal told SGN. 'We were introduced by friends of friends.'

At first the two were just friends because Tippayapaisal had a boyfriend at that time. 'After I broke up with my ex, we began to have a relationship.'

As the relationship progressed, the couple's communication increased and they clicked. 'Four years ago we moved in together and have been living together ever since.'

Tippayapaisal told SGN, 'We felt that in order to complete our relationship, we needed to get married. And now we are looking to buy a house and make a family.'

NO DISCRIMINATION When the couple went to the courthouse, they did not run into any problems or encounter discrimination. 'We act just like any other couple who are in love,' said Tippayapaisal. 'My husband has a male ID and I have a female ID.'

Because Tippayapaisal transitioned from male to female four years ago, and her husband transitioned from female to male, some of their friends did not know the two were a Transgender opposite-sex couple. Before they got married the pair explained the situation to them.

According to Tippayapaisal, the couple's life together has not drastically changed since they were married but she says they 'feel like our relationship is complete because we had the ceremony. We hope our story shows people that marriage doesn't matter about gender identification.'

Tippayapaisal continued, 'We only have one life and that life should be about love.'

'Transgender people should not be treated differently because they do not identify with the body they were born into,' she said.

The newlyweds recognize that while being a member of the Transgender community means you identify with a gender other than the one you were born as, and has nothing to do with one's sexual orientation, they have friends who are in loving and committed relationships who cannot get married because of a ballot initiative, Referendum 74.

In February, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a bill passed by the Legislature to allow same-sex marriage in the state. The law was supposed to take effect June 7 but was put on hold when opponents of marriage equality turned in more than 240,000 signatures, about twice the minimum needed, to certify Referendum 74 for the ballot. In the November general election the voters of Washington will have the opportunity to 'Approve' or 'Reject' the legislation. A vote to 'Approve' Referendum 74 is a vote to keep the state's same-sex marriage law in place.

'I think it is sad that if you are in love with someone of the same sex or who is Transgender, and you really want to be with them, people will speak out against you,' said Tippayapaisal. 'The LGBT community is not bothering anyone by loving and caring for each other. I really don't understand why anyone could be against marriage equality.'

Tippayapaisal and Emongart told SGN they would like to remind our readers to vote to APPROVE REFERENDUM 74 in November to secure the freedom to marry in Washington.

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