Texas 13th Court of Appeals revives trans marriage case

Some good news to hopefully overshadow the hideousness of Kansas.

In 2009, the Texas Legislature amended the Texas Family Code to include "an original or certified copy of a court order relating to the applicant's name change or sex change" as proof of identity and age when applying for a marriage license.

This amendment made it possible for the Court of Appeals to reverse a ruling that a trans woman's marriage was void as a matter of law, thereby making her ineligible for widow's benefits after her firefighter husband died.

It isn't a done deal by a longshot, but now the trial court will be required to consider the evidence proving Ms. Araguz is, in fact, a woman. Hopefully that court doesn't screw this up so the late Thomas Araguz's mother and his first wife can go to hell.


(inaugural post! hi GT!)