Spurned by Nevada, Transgender Marriage License Granted Here
DES MOINES, IA - APRIL 27: Jodie Vandermark-Martinez places a ring on the finger of her partner Jessica during a wedding ceremony on the steps of the Polk County Administration Building April 27, 2009 in Des Moines, Iowa. Today was the first day gay couples were allowed to marry in Iowa following an April 3, 2009 ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court which declared a legislative ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Danielle Pauline Severson takes female hormones, dresses like a woman and plans to have sex reassignment surgery so she can have all the physical female parts.
Yet the pre-operative transgender female was born Dana Paul Severson, will have to tie the knot as a man here in the golden state after being jilted by officials in Nevada.
Severson, 49, and Rebecca Love, 21 of Reno, were granted a marriage license Wednesday by officials in Severson's hometown of Redding.
The difference in granting or rejecting the marriage license is what document each state considers official.
While both California and Nevada prohibit same-sex marriage, officials in California said they consider Severson a man because that's what it says on Severon's official birth certificate. As for Nevada, officials there say they consider Severson a woman because that's what it says on Severson's driver's license.
So the nupital plans have moved west. The two say they plan to get hitched later this month in Redding.
Published at 9:55 AM PDT on Mar 14, 2010
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