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 God is going to step in and yell, “OK Everybody, Out of the Pool!”
If you are not confused yet, here’s what this man/woman did:
Thomas Beatie was a Transgendered man who still had his female organs intact.
He chose to become pregnant because his “wife” Nancy was infertile, doing so with cryogenic donated sperm and a syringe, at home. Thomas wrote an article about the experience in The Advocate.
The Washington Post further broadened the story on March 25 when blogger Emil Steiner called Beatie the first “legally” pregnant man on record, in reference to certain states’ and federal legal recognition of Beatie as a man.
In 2010, Guinness World Records recognized Beatie as the world’s “First Married Man to Give Birth.”
Beatie gave birth to a girl named Susan Juliette Beatie on June 29, 2008.
Barbara Walters announced Beatie’s second pregnancy on The View,
and Beatie gave birth to a boy named Austin Alexander Beatie on June 9, 2009.
Beatie later gave birth to his third child, a boy named Jensen James Beatie, on July 25, 2010
Beatie has since had a phalloplasty to create an artificial penis and is also considering a hysterectomy.
For those who refused to be confused, Beatie is a woman who had a sex change to become a man, kept her female reproductive parts and has been labeled, incorrectly, by most of the media as the first pregnant man.
The baby came out of a vagina. A woman has a vagina.
So, Beatie is legally a man, but is really a woman who had a baby.
"I'm so confused!"
Wait till marriage becomes anything anyone wants it to mean and you’ll be even MORE confused.
He doesn’t have the right chromosomes to be a man. No surgery or hormone treatment can give you that.
I keep thinking back to this old Monty Python.....I’m sure I laughed at it back in the day, but now I don’t get the joke...
Let me see if I can make it understandable:
1) This person was born a woman in Hawaii.
2) She decided not to be a woman anymore and officially became transgendered. So, she is now a he.
3) Problem — She/he took male hormones but did not take her female organs out.
4) She/he married a woman. The marriage is recognized in Hawaii.
5) The woman could not bear children.
6) He/She decides to bear the children by insemination because his/her female organs are still intact.
7) He/she succeeds and bears 3 kids which he/she and his/her partner raise.
8) They move to Arizona (where only one man one woman marriage is legally recognized ).
9) After 9 years of marriage he/she wants a divorce but can’t get it because Arizona does not recognize the Hawaiian marriage in the first place.
I guess the only solution is for him/her to go back to Hawaii to get the divorce.
He / she will be Hillary's 2016 running mate. The historical, first whatever candidate.
I think it is time to address something that nobody in the media (or the idiotic sheep of the public) wants too-—
What is this invented term “transgender”? What is the definition? Not what it has become.
Humans are created with either two X chromosomes or an X Chromosome and a Y Chromosome. Period. Thats the way it works.
Transgender is a manmade excuse for people to self-identify with the opposite gender to what they are genetically. WE can debate till the cows come home - but how do you debate whether a person has a “Y Chromosome” or not? You don’t
Reminds me of the episode of South Park where Ms. Garrison discovers that she can’t get an abortion because even though she had a sex change operation, she can’t get pregnant. I think she then tries to grow a penis on a mouse but that was a long time ago and I stopped watching that show.
Bingo! She-who-wants-to-be-He is the mother since she/he was pregnant and gave birth—THREE TIMES. He/she could not have been taking her “I want to be a man” medication if he/she were pregnant...hence he was actually a she when he gave birth.
Sometimes I really DO think I am living in a Monty Python movie!
Yeah and the dad of Stan gets surgery to look like a dolphin and gets really mad when they keep saying “Just because you look like a dolphin doesn’t really make you a dolphin!”
Your point is crystal clear and speaks volumes.
As my Dad used to say about people who wanted to debate a moot point such as you have pointed out... "they're just bull$hittin' themselves."
America’s media is so dishonest.
i.e. calling a woman by he.