Same-Sex Marriage Controversey Involving KY Man

A Kentucky man is in the center of a same-sex marriage controversy in Tennessee, after investigators say he faked, sex-change documents.

46-year old Jo T. Rittenberry was born in Christian County.

He says he was born as a "man," but identifies himself as a "woman."

His family members say Rittenberry went so far as to fake a sex-change document, so he could change his Kentucky birth certificate, to list him as female.

Tennessee officials say Rittenberry used the Kentucky birth certificate, to get married to a Tennessee man.

But same-sex marriage is not allowed in Tennessee.

The two lived together for a year, but after an arrest on an un-related charge, jail officials determined him to be a man, not a woman.

Their marriage was ruled invalid.

Rittenberry is being held in prison on a fraud charge.

Officials also say Rittenberry never had a sex-altering surgery, but the man who married him, says he loves her.


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  • by Wayward on May 21, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    Margaret, this country really sucks anymore. Thats why I'm for sex education in our schools. Teach them the right place to put it. Hey Calllifonia, baa baa baa bAA BAA BAA
  • by Margaret Location: Boston, Massachusetts on May 20, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    It is wondrous to see how people disagree with lifestyles that conflict with their own. Having been married now for 29 years, I am almost 60 years old, and I will not lie, I have had my reservations on gay marriage and what rights these people should have. Marriage between two people, and not being gender-specific, has been optional in Massachusetts for now 5 years. The debate has ceased in my state, and it is awful to see the rest of the country fighting over it. To be perfectly honest, I thought gay marriage was legal throughout the entire country until California came on the news. I can't believe Americans. Never have I been ashamed to be an American, yet as proud to live in New England than before. If gay marriage passes today in New Hampshire, then it will be legal in all of New England with the exception of Rhode Island. God Bless you all. The Lord will show you the way...
  • by Jessie Location: Baltimore on May 19, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    It's most interesting to see the many people who claim they live by the Bible..yet judge when no right. Condemn when one shouldn't. Read John 3:17. I've often heard those that cry the loudest about it are the ones who do it. Woe beyond the hyprocrite for they shall recieve the greater damnation. "Let them alone and I will weed them out" Said the Lord. Look into your own life and soul and then see who can condemn. For "let the one that is among you and without sin...cast the first stone."
  • by Hillbilly on May 18, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    How do some of you commenters that support this topic know so much about it? UMM, make me wonder about you. I agree with Diane when she said people use love for justification. These people are freaks...end of story.
  • by JR Location: KY on May 18, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    This country is going to hell in a handbasket!!
  • by Butch S. Location: Lexington on May 18, 2009 at 04:05 AM
    Elmo,, I agree with you this same sex crap makes me sick. Why do they want to get married, so they can have a baby??
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on May 17, 2009 at 09:50 PM
    Why don't we just ban institionalized marriage entirely? Why in the world would anyone actually want the govt's blessing to get married? It's a religious thing -- you jesus freaks want to get married, let them, but keek it out of the public.
  • by :Anonymous on May 17, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    God help these sick people.
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on May 17, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    Me, So you don't believe allowing gay marriage will lead people to marrying goats. Well, wake up and do some research! There are already University professors advocating inter-species(People and Animals) relationships and relationships between adults and children his name--Peter Singer. Their are already cases challenging laws against polygamy. They are using gay marriage legalization laws as argument. When you have no standard then anything goes. Human nature has rarely shown to evolve for the better unless affected by moral restraint. If we remove all boundaries on what grounds will we ever be able to protect anyone.
  • by Elmo Location: The Street on May 17, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    If a man can marry a man, I should be able to marry a sheep!

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