This just in from the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund:
The City of New York’s Marriage Bureau has taken steps to ensure that transgender people have equal access to marriage licenses. New transgender sensitivity trainings have been implemented and a written policy has been distributed to all staff in the wake of an incident in which a transgender couple was denied a marriage license.
Thanks to the Office of City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and most of all, the two brave souls–who have preferred to stay anonymous–for creating the momentum necessary to get this policy in place. Many people will be able to make their union official because of their bravery and persistence.