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Thomas Beatie and Nancy Roberts

Court Ruled Arizona Marriage Valid for "Pregnant Man"

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Nancy and Thomas Beatie with their daughter Susan Juliette on December 7, 2008 in Cologne, Germany during the RTL 2008 review show.

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Stating that their marriage is legal because he is legally a man, Thomas Beatie and Nancy Roberts announced in March 2008 that Thomas was pregnant.

Here is information about this transgender relationship that made headlines.

Fast Marriage Facts - Nancy and Thomas
Married: 2003.
Separated: 2012.
Filed for Divorce: 2012.
First Marriage: No.

Did You Know?
Thomas and Nancy have three children.

News Updates:

8/14/2014: The Arizona Court of Appeals agreed with Thomas Beatie that his marriage is legal in Arizona and he can divorce his wife. More >>

3/29/2013: Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach said he had no jurisdiction to grant a divorce to Thomas Beatie because there is "insufficient evidence that Beatie was a man when he married Nancy Beatie in Hawaii." The judge also ruled that Nancy and Thomas would co-parent their children with joint authority in making legal decisions.
Source: Paul Davenport, Felicia Fonseca. "Pregnant Man: Judge Refuses To Grant Thomas Beatie's Divorce." HuffingtonPost.com. 3/29/13.

Born:

Thomas Beatie aka Tracy Lehuanani Lagondino: Abt. 1974 in Oahu, Hawaii.

Nancy Roberts: Abt. 1963.

Wedding Date:

According to the Daily Mail, they were married in Honolulu, Hawaii in early 2003. Thomas and Nancy shared they had been married for five years on The Oprah Winfrey Show in April 2008. Thomas and Nancy were married after he was legally considered a man in the state of Oregon.

"Currently, most states permit a transgender person who has transitioned to marry a person of the other gender. However, there are a handful of states (including Kansas, Texas, and Ohio) in which courts have ruled that for purposes of marriage, a transgender person cannot change their birth gender."
Source: TransgenderLaw.org

 

Children:

Susan Juliette Beatie, the daughter of Thomas and Nancy, was born in the summer of 2008 in Bend, Oregon. Their first pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy, ended in the summer of 2007.

Their second child, a son, Austin Alexander Beatie, was born in 2009.

Their third child, another son, Jensen Beatie, was born in 2010.

Nancy has two adult daughters, Amber and Jen.

 

Divorce Issues:

3/29/2013: An Arizona judge refused to grant a divorce between Thomas and Nancy Beatie.

12/31/2012: Thomas Beatie's divorce has hit a snag ..." as the judge questions the validity of the marriage.

5/25/2012: Although the divorce proceedings between 'Pregnant Man' Thomas Beatie and his wife Nancy will continue until September, Thomas was granted sole custody of his three children and their transgender marriage was recognized by an Arizona Court. Source: CantorLawGroup.com.

4/26/2012: Stating that Nancy Beatie "physically attacked" him several times, Thomas Beatie filed for divorce. Nancy denied the allegations and claimed she was "emotionally and physically abused" by Thomas.

4/20/2012: Thomas Beatie confirmed being separated from his wife Nancy.

Thomas: "Like all marriages, we have our ups and downs, and we’re going through a rough patch right now. At the moment, we’re separated."
Source: Mike Fleeman. "Pregnant Man Thomas Beatie and Wife Separate." People.com. 4/20/2012.

 

Occupations:

Thomas and Nancy were owners of "Define Normal", a T-shirt screen-printing business. Thomas, as Tracy, was an activist for gay rights in Hawaii. He also wrote a book.

Previous Marriage:

Nancy was previously married.

Quotes About the Marriage of Thomas Beatie and Nancy Roberts :

Nancy's daughter Amber: "They're an incredible couple. They're very much in love and they've been role models for my husband and I. We definitely look up to their marriage and model our lives after theirs."
Source: "Amber and Jen Support Thomas and Nancy", Oprah.com, 4/03/2008.

 

Thomas about their marriage: "To our neighbors, my wife, Nancy, and I don’t appear in the least unusual. To those in the quiet Oregon community where we live, we are viewed just as we are -- a happy couple deeply in love. Our desire to work hard, buy our first home, and start a family was nothing out of the ordinary. That is, until we decided that I would carry our child. I am transgender, legally male, and legally married to Nancy."
Source: Thomas Beatie, "Labor of Love", Advocate.com, 4/08/2008.

 

 

Thomas about Nancy's support of his gender transition: "She was fantastic about it."
Source: "Thomas's Physical Transformation", Oprah.com, 4/3/2008.

KITV.com: "Lagondino's friends in Honolulu told KITV she was in love with Nancy Roberts and that she got the sex change because Hawaii's laws did not support same sex marriage."
Source: "Oregon's Pregnant Man Is Former Hawaii Woman." KITV.com. 3/26/2008.

 

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