Trans Widow Stripped of Benefits

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com June 01 2011 4:15 PM ET

A Texas judge has ruled that the marriage between Nikki Araguz and her late husband, a firefighter who died fighting a blaze last year, is null and void because Nikki is a transgender woman.

The decision by state district judge Randy Clapp strips Araguz of Thomas Araguz III's death benefits. A suit against Nikki Araguz was brought by her husband's family, who said she shouldn't be granted the benefits because she was born male and Texas doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

Araguz will likely appeal.

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