Thomas Beatie, known by many as the pregnant man for his appearance in a documentary about this transgender man who bore several children, was blocked from divorcing his wife by Arizona’s gay marriage ban. Edge Boston reports:
Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriages prevents Thomas Beatie’s 9-year union from being recognized as valid. Thomas Beatie was born a woman and later underwent a double-mastectomy, and began testosterone hormone therapy and psychological treatment to become a man, but he retained female reproductive organs and gave birth to three children. Gerlach said he had no jurisdiction to approve a divorce because there’s insufficient evidence that Beatie was a man when he married Nancy Beatie in Hawaii. He said the Beaties never provided records to fully explain what Thomas Beatie actually had done and not done to become a man.
You’d think marriage equality opponents would do everything they could to facilitate a divorce between LGBT folks!