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Texas judge prevents firefighter's widow from receiving benefits because she is transgender 
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 | 03:53 pm [gay equality, news]
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Yet another reason, as though we need any more, why recognizing same-sex marriages is the only fair and moral thing to do, and why it must be done as soon as possible.

This story courtesy of Fox News:

WHARTON, Texas –  A Texas judge has signed an order that voids the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze.

The order prevents Nikki Araguz from receiving the death benefits of her firefighter husband, Thomas Araguz III, who died last year.

State District Judge Randy Clapp's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by the firefighter's family. The suit claims his widow should collect nothing because she was born a man and Texas doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

In his ruling signed last week and made public Tuesday, the Wharton County judge said the marriage was "void as a matter of law."

Clapp's decision was first made known early last week after attorneys in the case saw a draft of the decision.

The widow has previously said she would appeal.

As with the story of the Snowdens, the Williamsport, Maryland lesbian couple who have been denied the right to invoke spousal privilege, this is not simply a case of a bigoted judge with a grudge against the LGBT community. The judge was merely following established law. Cases like this should remind us all of how unjust that law is, and why it must be changed. A free society cannot be truly free so long as bigotry is inscribed in its laws.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 | 04:31 am (UTC)
Judges are often upgraded lawyers of the same community.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 | 04:33 am (UTC)
Judges reflect the area they represent. They all start off as lawyers, you know.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 | 01:06 pm (UTC)
I know. Knowing nothing about this judge, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. Even a judge who strongly supported gay rights may have felt obliged to make the same ruling, due to the existing law. It's the law that is the problem, not the judges who take too much delight in enforcing it.
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