Skip to comments.Transgender man plans to keep seeking divorce (Marriage re-definition complicates divorce law)
Posted on 04/05/2013 11:47:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
A transgender former Honolulu man whose divorce request was rejected after his marriage was declared invalid plans to keep trying to get his 9-year union dissolved, saying Tuesday that he wants the three children to whom he gave birth to know their parents' marriage was legitimate.
Thomas Beatie, wearing a dress shirt and tie, said a judge's decision last week to reject his divorce request was a swipe against his identity and could cause problems for him down the road if he decides to remarry.
He also said the ruling underscores his belief that Arizona is unaccepting of transgender people, pointing out a proposal in the Legislature that seeks to shield businesses from liability if they ban people from restrooms that don't match their birth sex.
"This obviously is not Beatie versus Beatie," Thomas Beatie said as he spoke to reporters at his attorney's office. "This is the state of Arizona versus transgender people, human reproductive rights and fairness under law."
Beatie, who plans to appeal the ruling in his divorce case, was born Tracy Lehuanani Lagondino on Oahu and later underwent a double-mastectomy and began testosterone hormone therapy to become a man, but retained female reproductive organs and gave birth to three children. He married his partner Nancy in early 2003 in Honolulu and became pregnant because Nancy was unable to have children. Thomas Beatie conceived with donated sperm. The couple eventually moved to Arizona.
"Imagine what this is doing to my children," Beatie said as he held the hand of his girlfriend of one year. "In time, they are going to look back and see that a court said that's not your daddy. I'm sorry, that's who I am. I am my children's father."
Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled on Thursday that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriages prevents Beatie's marriage from being recognized as valid.
Gerlach said he had no jurisdiction to approve a divorce because there's insufficient evidence that Beatie was a man when he got married. The judge said the Beaties never provided records to fully explain what Thomas Beatie actually had done and not done to become a man. The ruling also noted that Thomas Beatie had halted the testosterone treatments.
Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which isn't involved in the Beatie case, said the decision doesn't set a precedent and instead applies only to the Thomas and Nancy Beatie. Still, Minter said the decision is legally flawed and demoralizing to transgender people.
The ruling saves Thomas Beatie from paying alimony to Nancy, but Thomas said he was willing to take on that financial obligation because he wanted a court to recognize his marriage.
He said moving back to Hawaii to start divorce proceedings there was impractical. It would likely separate him from his children, lead to heavier living expenses and require him to find new employment.
Michael Cantor, one of Thomas Beatie's attorneys, said Beatie could remarry in Arizona, but he could create conflicts in Hawaii, where Beatie's first marriage was viewed as valid and where he could later be accused of polygamy.
David Higgins, Nancy's attorney, said his client will likely join Thomas Beatie in his planned appeal of Gerlach's decision. "She recognizes Thomas as a male and recognizes that her marriage is valid," Higgins said.
Soon Satan is going to step in and yell, "Coffee Break's over, everybody back on your heads!"
You are correct, it is neither, since she no longer lives in HI and is not and never was a man.
No. That doesn’t fit the gay agenda. They like to sh!t in a pool and ruin it for everyone if they are not allowed to forcefully ram their demands down everyone’s throat.
You know. Becaue they are a protected species and all that.
there is no such thing as transgendered, but there is mutilated
EWW, EWW, EWW.
There are also XYY and XXY individuals, though they are rare.
And the children aren't going to look back and wonder about "daddy" being biologically a woman? Imagine that conversation: "Yes, children, daddy used to be like mommy but daddy had a little operation to be like a daddy but your daddy doesn't have those daddy parts because daddy decided to keep daddy's mommy parts."
XYY - does not manifest itself outwardly... indeed most who have that genetic issue don’t even realize their karyotype.
These are fully male, and have absolutely no “symptoms” - and can almost always have normal fertility.
Those with the extra Y Chromosome often do grow a bit taller... I fail to see how that makes any difference to this discussion.
As far as XXY - or “Klinefelter syndrome” - Is also quite rare, and while it does have a few more physical hallmarks, it still has no relationship to the gender “confusion” the radical Left keeps trying foist on the rest of the world.
Neither of these genetic disorders leads to “hermaphrodites” as is claimed. The absolute “worst-case” scenario is that some are born with decreased sensitivity to natural hormones (and a male with XXY may produce low testosterone levels already). This can lead to “ambiguous” genetalia... but there are no documented cases that I have been able to find reference to, where a single individual has fully-functional gentalia of both genders. This is called “pseudohermaphrodite”.
With decreased sensitivity to hormones, the biological response would be asexual - there would be little to no sex drive.
Actually, I knew all that, oversimplified as it might be. That is why I posted my comment in response to your statement that “Humans are created with either two X chromosomes or an X Chromosome and a Y Chromosome. Period. Thats [sic] the way it works.”
I don’t get it, why does ‘he’ want a divorce for an invalid marrage?
‘He’ certantly doesn’t need the State to stop enforcing that which the state is not enforcing...
Why doesn’t he just forget about it and move on...
If the “man” gave birth then ‘he’ is not a man...
It is possible to be female and have a Y Chromosome or be male and have 2 X Chromosome.
Your Gender is determined by how much estrogen or testosterone you have at a certant vital stage of your development in the wound. If your mother for example produces a huge amount of estrogen or testosterone at that time.
You will be born anatomically a woman or man regardless of your Chromosomes.
What makes a man a man is his male reproductive organs and a woman a woman her female organs.
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