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‘Pregnant man’ divorce progresses through courts

A transgender man who attracted worldwide media attention after becoming pregnant is disputing custody of his three children

Thomas Beatie filed for divorce from wife Nancy after more than a decade last year and the couple have now asked the courts to decide who will keep the kids, reports.

Beattie was born a woman but has been living as a man since the late 1990s when he underwent a sex change operation. However, he kept his reproductive organs following the procedure and became pregnant in 2007 when it was discovered that Nancy could not have children. She later adopted the youngsters.

The couple lived in Bend, Oregon, but were later forced to flee after being subjected to abuse and threats.

The divorce courts in Arizona are currently considering whether the couple’s marriage qualifies as a standard one or as a same sex union. Same sex unions are not recognised in Arizona and so the couple may not be able to divorce.

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