Federal Judge Rules That Transgender Identities Do Not Invalidate Marriages

A federal judge in Minnesota has ruled that a union health insurance company was wrong to deny spousal insurance to an employee’s wife simply because she is transgender. Even though Minnesota law recognized their relationship as a man-woman marriage, the Miscellaneous Drivers and Helpers Union Local #638 Health, Welfare, Eye, and Dental Fund argued that Christine and Calvin Radtke did not deserve access to the health benefits and even filed a counterclaim alleging they had knowingly committed fraud. U.S. Chief Judge Michael J. Davis found for the Radtkes and lectured the health plan administrators that “it was not the Fund’s role to impose its own definitions of gender and marriage upon its participants,” calling their action “a flagrant violation of its duty” and an “unreasonable and wrong” interpretation of Minnesota law.