Arizona, USA: Judge Cites Marriage Equality Ban in Blocking Divorce for Transgender Man, Wife

Written by scott on March 29th, 2013

ArizonaThomas 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!

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