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Nikki Araguz, the transgendered "widow" of Wharton, Texas, Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Thomas Araguz III, who was killed in the line of duty in 2010, said she was "completely devastated" by a judge's ruling she is not entitled to surviving-spouse benefits because their marriage was not legal. (Associated Press)

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Nikki Araguz, the transgender wife of a firefighter killed in the line of duty July 4, is battling a lawsuit aimed at keeping her from getting benefits on the grounds that Texas does not recognize same-sex marriages. (Associated Press)