Appeals Court Hears Transgender Widow's Fight 9/20/13
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The transgender widow of a fallen South Texas
firefighter is asking a state appeals court to reverse a ruling that their
marriage wasn't legally binding.
Nikki Araguz was married to Wharton County volunteer firefighter Thomas
Araguz when he died while fighting a fire three years ago. She says she's
entitled to his death benefits.
But Araguz's first wife and his mother say the money should go to his two
sons because Nikki Araguz was born a man and thus in a marriage not binding
under Texas law. A district judge two years ago ruled in their favor.
Three judges from the 13th Texas Court of Appeals heard arguments in the
They announced no immediate timetable on a ruling.