Thomas Beattie, who made headlines in 2003 for becoming a “pregnant man,” is back in the news again – this time, because an
Beattie’s story traces back to 1998, when (at the time) she underwent a sex change operation and opted to keep her female sex organs. The post-operative Beattie then legally changed the gender on his passport and birth certificate to “male.”
Fast forward to 2003. Beattie married
Now, Beattie and Nancy are divorcing. Or at least, they want to. But an
As unique as all of these details are, the case does highlight an urgent point of law that many jurisdictions across the US and, indeed, around the world, must address quickly: how do the courts deal with cases of gay divorce when the prevailing legislation doesn’t acknowledge that such marriages exist in the first place?
That’s the question that the judge in Beattie’s case is currently mulling over, as he deliberates on whether he has the authority to grant the divorce.
Whether he does or whether he doesn’t, this much is clear: his ruling is sure to spark headlines that may not be as shocking as “Pregnant Man,” but far more consequential for thousands of gay couples across the country -- and their children.
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