Remember Thomas Beatie? The “pregnant man,” who was thought to be “legally” a man but went on to give birth to three children? Well, a while ago it was announced that Thomas and his “wife” Nancy had broken up and were going to get a divorce. But now it looks like the judge handling their case may not grant it. Why?
The couple are attempting to get a divorce in Arizona, the two were married in Hawaii back in 2003. According to TMZ, “the two represented themselves as a heterosexual couple because Thomas, a transgender man who was born a woman, had a state authorized change of sex before the wedding. Thomas says he has state-sanctioned legal docs to prove it.”
But this is where it gets complicated. The Arizona judge assigned to the case is questioning whether the marriage was legal at all, especially since same-sex marriages are not recognized in Arizona. The judge said that since Thomas had a womb, that produced three children, he shouldn’t be considered a man, “the judge then argues that he can find NO legal authority that defines a man as someone who has the ability to give birth to a child.” Therefore the wedding in Hawaii wasn’t legally binding and a divorce would be moot and he has no authority to grant it.
Beatie is defending his manliness saying that not only does his passport designate him as a man but that his adjusted birth certificate states that he is a man as well. The judge has yet to make a final decision.
What do you think? Should the marriage be recognized since Beatie has all the documentation saying he is a man?