Well, Beatie wants a divorce, but that troglodyte state known as Arizona won't give Beatie one. Arizona, the big meanie, says that Beatie is a woman and that they don't recognize same-sex marriages as valid; thus they don't have the power to grant same-sex divorces, even if one of the women considers herself a man and has had some surgery to make herself look more like one--though that surgery stopped short of removing her reproductive organs or her ability to give birth.
Confused yet? It gets better. Beatie, trying to make sure that Beatie's name becomes synonymous with the word "chutzpah," says the courts by denying Beatie a divorce are--wait for it--going to mess up Beatie's children:
Beatie, who plans to appeal the ruling in his divorce case, was born a woman and later underwent a double-mastectomy and began testosterone hormone therapy to become a man, but retained female reproductive organs and gave birth to three children. He married his partner Nancy in early 2003 in Honolulu and became pregnant because Nancy was unable to have children. Thomas Beatie conceived with donated sperm. The couple eventually moved to Arizona.
"Imagine what this is doing to my children," Beatie said as he held the hand of his girlfriend of one year. "In time, they are going to look back and see that a court said that's not your daddy. I'm sorry, that's who I am. I am my children's father."
I'm almost speechless. Almost.
Imagine this: you are a woman who wants to be a man but not to the extent of removing your reproductive organs because you want to have children in an odd arrangement with your romantic female partner and the kind of "father" who pleasured himself and collected the results in a test tube, and you go on to have three such children, and then you think that the biggest possible harm being done to your children is that you are not being granted a divorce by the state of Arizona because they won't play along with you and pretend you're a man?
Unbelievable. But this is the world we live in, where the unlimited right to define yourself and your relationships apart from any conceivable reality is not seen as harmful to your children; only the refusal of big ol' meanies like the state of Arizona to affirm you in your delusions can possibly do any harm.