Menu
Home

U.S.

Texas judge voids transgender widow's marriage

A Texas judge has signed an order that voids the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze.

The order prevents Nikki Araguz from receiving the death benefits of her firefighter husband, Thomas Araguz III, who died last year.

State District Judge Randy Clapp's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by the firefighter's family. The suit claims his widow should collect nothing because she was born a man and Texas doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

In his ruling signed last week and made public Tuesday, the Wharton County judge said the marriage was "void as a matter of law."

Clapp's decision was first made known early last week after attorneys in the case saw a draft of the decision.

The widow has previously said she would appeal.

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 4.07% dw 4.28%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.18% dw 3.26%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.50% dw 4.53%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.36% dw 3.43%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.69% up 3.56%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.36% -- 4.36%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.06% -- 4.06%  
$30K Loan Graph 5.08% up 5.07%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.51% -- 4.51%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.51% -- 4.51%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.93% up 2.92%  
36 M Used Graph 3.47% up 3.46%  
48 M New Graph 3.21% -- 3.21%  
48 M Used Graph 2.98% -- 2.98%  
60 M New Graph 3.23% -- 3.23%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.34% dw 0.35%  
1 yr Graph 0.66% -- 0.66%  
5 yr Graph 1.34% dw 1.35%