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Texas judge expected to void marriage of trans widow

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  1. This is truly sickening. I actually felt sick when I saw this article. Shame on Texas.

    1. DJ Sheepiesheep 27 May 2011, 12:52am

      This of course is the State that still executes people who were minors at the time their offences were committed and other convicts who have significant learning difficulties. What chance has Texas got of being enlightened in relation to Trans rights.

  2. I feel disgusted by it too. Poor woman has been through enough.

  3. Alexander Hauser 26 May 2011, 3:11pm

    This is awful!

  4. What a noble way for the so called family to honor a dead Fire Brigades Man who died in the line of duty. These are the times you learn to appreciate the strict laws (sometimes confining) we have in Europe against any form of discrimination.

  5. Why don’t people get this stuff written up and notarized

  6. Sounds like the family and ex wife simply wanted to get their hands on his estate at any cost.

    All LGBT in the US should ensure that they have Wills.

    The trans woman should appeal to the US supreme court.

    1. Galadriel1010 26 May 2011, 5:33pm

      Everyone everywhere should have a Will, especially if there are dependants involved.

  7. concerned resident E3 26 May 2011, 4:07pm

    shockingly sad and unbelieveably cruel to a bereaved woman.

    (tho I did chuckle that the District Judge was called “Randy Clapp”)

  8. Dan Filson 26 May 2011, 4:09pm

    $600,000 is the key – the family would murder their grandmothers.

    1. Exactly. It is sheer grasping vindictiveness. Naturally the man’s surviving children should be entitled to a large share, but so should his grieving partner. All lgbt partners need to draw up water-tight wills, as noted above.

  9. Jock S. Trap 26 May 2011, 4:35pm

    This is so cruel, I can’t believe people would act like this esp considering a loved one.
    They clearly have/had no respect for their son or the fact he was with the person he loved.
    Sickening, absolutely disgusting.
    Another Bad day for humanity.

  10. What a fabulous family they are – during a time of loss, increase the misery for a few bucks. Superb example of humanity there, they must be so proud of themselves.

  11. Staircase2 26 May 2011, 5:20pm

    What a HORRIBLE thing to do – rather than concentrating on having his marriage declared void perhaps instead they could be asking that a fair portion of the estate goes to his sons. (which does seem only fair)

    But like someone else said: this is what happens people dont leave wills and theres a large amount of money to be fought over
    SHame on Texas for stooping down to it though (although not at ALL surprising given Texas’s history)

  12. Galadriel1010 26 May 2011, 5:35pm

    How vile and disappointing. I guess that someone in his family is also the guardian of her step-children, and I don’t suppose they’ll let her keep contact. What an awful thing to go through.

  13. This is why we need marriage equality. To protect gay and trans people and their partners from the greed and bigotry of relatives. I recall a friend of mine whose partner died (they had been together for more than 20 years) and the family pounced trying to get possessions, insurance money the lot. Whilst we are still second class citizens this will continue. It’s a shame that this nastiness is likely to succeed. If this woman’s husband had instead married a woman he’d met that evening in Vegas then come home and died the very next day, there would be little prospect of THAT union being ruled unlawful.

  14. What a truly horrible family. Intersex people have it tough as it is. In most places surgery is still done on intersex infants to ‘correct’ them at a stupidly young age. Her gender would have been chosen for her based on the surgen’s best guess at the time.

  15. This is exactly why we need all partnerships recognised under the same law. I am a firefighter here in the UK, if unfortunately I were to die at an incident tomorrow then the only way my partner could benefit is, if they were opposite sex they were married to me, or if same sex had a civil partnership.

    If they were trans and had been married to me they would have to divorce me then register a civil partnership.

    Some places in the US dont have any legal recognition of same sex partnership and the $600,000 is not going to be the value of his estate but the potential benefit the fire department would be liable for to the legal partner. making a will wont make any difference to the wishes of the individual who dies in the line of duty.
    It stinks!!

  16. It’s Texas.

    It’s a prejudiced judge.

    They ignored standing state law.

    She was listed as the legal beneficiary.

    Complete BS ruling that will be appealed.

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