Davinci, Indiana (AP) — An Indiana man who underwent surgery to change his gender to match his biological sex has said he was shocked to learn that he was legally married to a woman when he was born.
The man, who would only give his first name, is a transgender man who says he was married to his wife for six years.
He said he felt “betrayed” by his parents.
The Indiana Department of Health and Human Services says in its statement that it cannot legally recognize same-sex marriages.
A spokeswoman for the agency said the department does not comment on pending litigation.
The law was changed in 2016, when Indiana voters approved a constitutional amendment that bars gay marriage.
The new law allows for civil unions, but not same-gender marriages.
The change allowed the man to legally change his name.
The decision by the Indiana Department Of Health and Safety to change the man’s gender designation was first reported by WXIN-TV in Indianapolis.
In a phone interview with the station, the man said he married his wife in July 2017.
He did not disclose that he had undergone gender reassignment surgery and said the procedure took place at a local hospital.
He said he is grateful to the people of Indiana and the United States for recognizing his rights.
He is grateful for the people around him who support him.
I am grateful to my family and friends.
I feel so honored to be able to give back to this great country, he said.
Davinci Mayor Doug Schuette released the following statement after learning of the man:”Our city is a welcoming place where our families and friends come together to celebrate our shared values of love and acceptance.
Our commitment to ensuring that all of our residents, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are treated equally has been a core principle of our City’s mission.
As a result, we have not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, marital and parental status, veteran status, military status, or any other basis protected by the Constitution of the United State of America.”