Court: Transgender man can keep pursuing divorce
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PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona appeals court has reversed a ruling that denied a divorce to a transgender man who gave birth to three children after beginning to change his sex from female.
A three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that Thomas Beatie's marriage to Nancy Beatie in Hawaii is considered valid in Arizona and concluded their marriage wasn't a same-sex union.
Last year, Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach denied the divorce request and ruled that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriages prevented Thomas Beatie's union from being recognized as valid.
Beatie was born a woman, underwent double-mastectomy and chest reconstruction surgeries, and began testosterone hormone therapy and psychological treatment to become a man.
Still, Beatie retained female reproductive organs and gave birth to three children.
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