Sad news, folks. Thomas Beatie and wife Nancy have separated. What? You don't know the name? Maybe this will ring a few bells: in 2008, he became known as the "pregnant man" when he delivered the couple's daughter, Susan.
The fact that he went on to deliver two more babies, despite having undergone gender reassignment surgery that allowed him to live legally as a man with a uterus, made Beatie something of a mystical being. Here was a man born a woman who actually bested Mother Nature! What would he do next? Leap high buildings in a single bound?
So much for superhero status.
It turns out Beatie is just like the rest of us. As he said on The Doctors:
Like all marriages, we have our ups and downs, and we’re going through a rough patch right now. At the moment, we’re separated.
Of course his harshest critics are jumping all over this announcement, pointing at his tummy and blaming the Beatie's "alternative" lifestyle. They're clutching their pearls and climbing up on soapboxes to get all gleeful about being able to say "I told you so." After all, nothing makes a bigot happier than being able to feel better about their own sad existence by delighting in someone else's misery.
Too bad the Beaties' separation proves absolutely bupkus about the repercussions of being a "pregnant man" or two people born as women getting together.
So-called "normal" couples get separated all the time. It sucks, but it happens. And we don't blame them for having kids the old-fashioned way or daring to be born with different genders.
Have they looked at the latest marriage and divorce statistics? According to the CDC, we're at the 50/50 mark, folks. Fifty percent of marriages are ending in divorce. That means all sorts of people doing things the "right" way, right down to some boring old vanilla procreation, are seeing it all fizzle in front of them.
If we really want to fix the world, how about we find a way to keep those folks together? There are a lot more of them then there are "pregnant men." Get a look at what Beatie -- and those kids -- look like today:
What do you wish you could say to Thomas Beatie and his wife today?