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Pregnant Man's Divorce From Wife Approved by Arizona Judge

By    |   Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 11:34 AM

Transgender man Thomas Beatie, who made headlines in 2008 as the 'pregnant man' when he had a child following his transition, was cleared for divorce from his wife by an Arizona court on Wednesday.

"As the Beaties' Hawaii marriage was lawfully entered in Hawaii and is not deemed void by Arizona law, the marriage is valid within this state," Judge Kenton D. Jones said in the 12-page opinion, Reuters reported.

Beatie, 40, was born a woman but received hormone treatment and a mastectomy in his twenties, and has lived as a man ever since. At that time, he was allowed to change his driver's license, birth certificate, and other documentation to reflect that he was a male.

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Beatie married his wife, Nancy, in Hawaii in 2003. Five years later, Beatie became pregnant for the first time, as he'd retained his female reproductive organs. Nancy was unable to become pregnant, as she'd previously undergone a hysterectomy. Beatie soon gave birth, and two more children followed in the ensuing years.

In 2012, Beatie and his wife filed for divorce, and Beatie stated plans to marry a new girlfriend.

The new ruling overturns a lower county court ruling from March 2013, in which Judge Douglas Gerlach said that Beatie had not shown he was a man when the couple wed in 2003. This made the couple's union a same-sex marriage, which are not recognized in Arizona.

The three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals however, recognized comity — legal reciprocity — for Beatie's legal designation as a man. This made his Hawaii marriage a heterosexual marriage. Opposite-sex marriages are recognized by the state of Arizona, and can therefore be dissolved via divorce.

"The state of Arizona has officially recognized him as a man and that his marriage was valid, and because his marriage was valid, his kids were born in wedlock, which is important to him," said Beatie's attorney.



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Transgender man Thomas Beatie, who made headlines in 2008 as the 'pregnant man' when he had a child following his transition, was cleared for divorce from his wife by an Arizona court on Wednesday.
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