A California court ruled in favor of transgender female-to-male porn star Buck Angel last week in a spousal support case that contested the validity of his former marriage to Elayne Angel, former owner of French Quarter body-piercing shop Rings of Desire. Elayne Angel had filed suit earlier this year claiming Angel was not a man because he does not have a phallus.
The case was tried in late July and the ruling issued on August 6th by Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman in Los Angeles County, even though Buck Angel and his estranged wife sealed their marriage in New Orleans in 2003.
Elayne Angel sought annulment based on the claim that Buck Angel is not a man. She argued he does not have a penis, and that the two were never legally married because same sex marriage is illegal in Louisiana.
Elayne Angel first tried to get the spousal support case dismissed in California based on jurisdiction, but she was overruled since courts base jurisdiction on where a plaintiff currently lives. She then decided to challenge the validity of their marriage when Buck filed for spousal support.