Court Sides With Transgender Widow In Fight Over Firefighter’s Estate

In this April 20, 2011 photo, Nikki Araguz stands in front of a monument to fallen volunteer firefighters in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/ Chris Tomlinson)

In this April 20, 2011 photo, Nikki Araguz stands in front of a monument to fallen volunteer firefighters in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/ Chris Tomlinson)

Monday, October 26, 2015 02:36 PM ABC 13 Eyewitness News Article

WHARTON, TX — A state appeals court has reaffirmed its earlier decision to validate the marriage of a transgender widow seeking the estate of her firefighter husband who died battling a blaze.

The ruling Friday by the 13th Texas Court of Appeals sent the case of Nikki Araguz Loyd back to a Wharton County judge who originally voided the marriage because Texas did not recognize same-sex marriage. Kent Rutter, an attorney for Loyd, said Monday that ruling meant Loyd was not entitled to Thomas Araguz’s estate.

Rutter says the appeals court had ruled early last year in Loyd’s favor – determining she was a woman at the time of her marriage – but had to issue another ruling this month after an appeal sent to the Texas Supreme Court was not heard.

The U.S. Supreme Court has since legalized gay marriages. Click here to continue reading.

#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter

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10/09/2015 Huffington Post Article: Nikki Araguz Loyd is a transsexual American marriage-equality advocate, wife, mother, author, public speaker, co-producer of a docu-series based on her family and art gallery called “Nikki’s American Dream”. After the death of her firefighter husband in the line of duty, Mrs. Araguz Loyd faced a legal battle over the validity of her marriage and is currently working at overturning discriminatory marriage laws in Texas. The case is currently in front of the Texas Supreme Court and she has guaranteed a fight to the United States Supreme Court in order to obtain equality for all. During her recent victory in the 13th District Court Of Appeals in Corpus Christi, Texas, she emerged hopeful and went directly into the marriage equality wedding statement of the decade, by marrying her new husband Artist William Loyd on the steps of the Nueces County Courthouse. Click here to read the article. #transwivesmatter