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'Pregnant man' Thomas Beatie allowed to pursue divorce

A panel of three judges in Arizona overturned a previous ruling, which claimed Beatie was in a 'same-sex union'

'Pregnant man' Thomas Beatie allowed to pursue divorce

A trans man seeking a divorce from his wife in Arizona has been allowed to continue divorce proceedings after a panel of judges overturned a previous ruling claiming the marriage wasn’t recognised.


Thomas Beatie, well-known for becoming what he claimed ‘the world’s first pregnant man’, has been seeking a divorce from his wife, Nancy, since 2012.


In 2013, however, a lower court judge denied a request for divorce on the grounds that Arizona’s ban on gay marriage made their marriage a ‘same-sex union’.


Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach had concluded that because Beatie was capable of giving birth, their marriage was actually a same-sex union. Gerlach also claimed there was insufficient evidence to prove Beatie was male when they were married, despite Beatie having a birth certificate and driver’s licence saying so.


However, a three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals overturned the decision, concluding that Beatie’s marriage was not a same-sex union and is thus considered valid in the state.


David Michael Cantor, Beatie’s attorney, welcomed the decision, saying: ’The state of Arizona has officially recognised 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.


Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said: ‘It’s a precedent-setting case that will protect a lot of families.’


Beatie rose to fame in 2007 after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination as his wife was infertile, becoming the focus of the worldwide media.

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