Mom handling firefighter's estate dur...

Mom handling firefighter's estate during transgender dispute

There are 2 comments on the Houston Chronicle story from Aug 17, 2010, titled Mom handling firefighter's estate during transgender dispute. In it, Houston Chronicle reports that:

The mother of a Wharton fire captain killed in the line of duty will oversee his estate while she continues her fight to void her son's marriage to a transgender woman claiming a share of his death benefits, a judge decided Monday.

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Bau Ur

Cleveland, OH

#1 Aug 19, 2010
Until a divorce is final, a couple is married.

Does a woman who is anatomically female at birth cease to be a woman if she has a hysterectomy? If her husband dies, is her status as widow uncertain until she proves she has ovaries? Is her standing in court dependent upon the utility of her vagina? Ridiculous. The law should be disinterested in whatever fleshy machinery a woman has, whether she did or did not ever have it.

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#2 Aug 21, 2010
This is a bad decision and a bad sign for the wife.
I believe the wife has prior rights to a dead husb ands estate. I should not have reverted to the mother. Suppose the wife had died, would her parents have been able to claim the couple's estate or even half of it. Of course not! It is a bad sign because no matter how bad a decision it is, it will take money, she probably doesn't have to fight it. And the judge knows this! This decision was not based in law, but in prejudice.
Regards, Terry

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