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Will A Democratic Court Help Nikki Araguz Win Her Dead Husband’s Benefits?

Remember Nikki Araguz, the Texas trans-widow who battled in court for her deceased firefighter husband’s death benefits? The last we heard Nikki’s mom wrote a passionate letter urging the judge to find Nikki’s marriage to deceased firefighter Thomas Araguz valid (the judge didn’t). Then Nikki got arrested for a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing a $2,850 Rolex watch.

Well now Nikki’s back in court appealing the original judge’s ruling which voided her marriage and denied her a widow’s benefits. Only this time she’s headed to the Texas 13th District Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi which is said to be “a DEMOCRATIC stronghold” where the judges might view her history and hardships with more sensitivity. Also, she’s teamed up with the law firm that successfully argued the Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court case that overturned US sodomy laws.

One tip of advice though, Nikki: we know you’re shooting your own reality show based on the court proceedings… but leave the camera crews at home.

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Jul 11, 2011
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  • 6 Comments
    • Aiden
      Aiden

      I stopped rooting for her the minute she said that being called trans was damaging.

      Jul 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • missanthrope
      missanthrope

      @Aiden:

      This this a new one? The only one I’ve seen is a blog comment under her name that I’m 90% sure was a sockpuppet troll post by a radical HBSer that was posted this spring.

      Jul 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niki
      Niki

      This poor girl. What an asshat that judge must be. Ahh, Texas. You couldn’t pay me to live there.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 12:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • drums
      drums

      I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be genderqueer or trans in a place like Texas. Solidarity, my sister, and may justice prevail.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Antonia D'orsay
      Antonia D'orsay

      That one post *was* a sockpuppet that wasn’t her and appears to have been not even a trans person writing such, but someone seeking to foment division from outside the community.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mcgullen
      mcgullen

      A Democratic court couldn’t hurt her chances, at least.

      Jul 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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