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Judge says 'No!' to transgender rights | (UPI) -- A Cook County judge Chicago says a transgender male cannot be granted parental rights because same-sex marriages are illegal in Illinois.

Judge Gerald Bender issued the ruling in a case involving a nearly 11-year-old boy and the person he regards as his father. Bender said the "father" has no legal standing in the case, but he continued visitation, saying the controlling factor is the child's best interests.

The "father" began hormone therapy 24 years ago when she was 18. Both her ovaries and uterus were removed in 1991, and her birth certificate was changed to reflect her gender change.

The child was conceived through artificial insemination in 1989, and both parents signed a contract, agreeing to raise the child. The couple separated in the mid-1990s.

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