Since the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015, the designations of "husband/man" and "wife/woman" have largely become irrelevant in Pennsylvania marriage laws. In a number of other countries, however, and, in fact, in some states prior to the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, the distinction between "man" and "woman" remains a factor in determining who may marry.
Recently, a group of clerics in Pakistan decided that transgender men with "male indications on his body" and transgender women with "female indications on her body" may marry consistent with Islam. The group further went on to say that non-trans* individuals may marry transgender individuals of the opposite gender.
In Pennsylvania, being transgender no longer presents the sort of conundrum that it used to prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage. Prior to same-sex marriage being legalized in Pennsylvania, the gender of the marrying parties was a critical factor in determining whether they could permissibly marry. Now, a person's gender identity is irrelevant to determining eligibility for marriage.
By: John M. Schaffranek, Esq.