Transgender to comment this morning on ruling preventing divorce from wife

Arizona judge says state doesn't recognize gay marriage or have evidence Thomas Beatie was a man

PHOENIX, Ariz. - A transgender whose divorce request was rejected by an Arizona judge is expected to comment for the first time Tuesday on the ruling that prevents a divorce.

Thomas Beatie was born a woman and later underwent a double-mastectomy and began hormone therapy to become a man, but then retained female reproductive organs to give birth to three children.

Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled last week he has no jurisdiction to approve the divorce because Arizona doesn't recognize same-sex marriages and there isn't enough evidence that Beatie was a man when he married Nancy Beatie in Hawaii.

The judge said the Beaties never provided records to fully explain what Thomas Beatie had done to become a man and noted Beatie halted hormone treatments so he could remain capable of getting pregnant.

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