PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) - He made headlines worldwide as "the Pregnant Man." But Thomas Beatie is finding his legal status as a husband puzzling after a judge refused to grant the transgender man a divorce.
Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach said in a ruling Friday on Beatie's divorce request that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriages prevents the nine-year union from being recognized as valid.
Beatie was born a woman and underwent a double-mastectomy but retained female reproductive organs and gave birth to three children.
Gerlach said he had no jurisdiction to approve a divorce because there is insufficient evidence that Beatie was male when he married Nancy Beatie in 2003 in Hawaii.
Lawd! It gets complicated by the minute!
Photo(s) credits: Thomas Beatie, his wife Nancy and daughter Susan Juliette in a German TV studio in 2008. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)