Marriage (Same Sex Couples)

Memorandum submitted by Christie Elan-Cane (MB 55)

NON-GENDERED

Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure

Submission to Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Public Bill Committee

From: Christie Elan-Cane, NON-GENDERED – Fighting for Legal Recognition

SUMMARY

The Bill takes no account of non-gendered people who do not define as male or female. If the purpose of this Bill is that every legitimate couple should have an equal right to marry, the government has failed.

1) The draft terminology is unequivocal in its description of a couple as comprising of one man and one woman, or two men, or two women.

2) Members of society who do not identify as male or female (and do not regard themselves as either men or women) are forced to present as gendered in order to register a marriage, and the Marriage (Same sex Couples) Bill will not change this unacceptable situation.

3) While it is currently possible for a non-gendered person to marry (under compromise of registering as gendered), and the proposed legislation will make it possible for a non-gendered person to marry someone of either sex (under compromise of registering as gendered), the Bill will not enable a non-gendered person to marry as non-gendered.

4) Compromise is not equality and compromise is unacceptable within a democratic society.

5) The Bill serves only to perpetuate injustice on socially invisible members of society who have no legally enforceable rights but who nonetheless can form relationships and should have the same right to have a relationship recognised by the state.

6) Relationships where one partner or both partners are non-gendered must be allowed to achieve the status of marriage without compromise. No human being should be forced to deny their identity in order to marry their partner.

I declare interest in outcome of proceedings in that my core identity is non-gendered and I have spent most of my adult life trying to achieve legal and social recognition that others can take for granted.

February 2013

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered

Prepared 27th February 2013