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Chaz Bono

Can Soon Tie Knot

6/12/2009 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chaz BonoChaz Bono can do something as a man which she could never do as a woman in California -- marry her partner.

At a point during the gender change -- typically when breasts are removed -- the subject can go to court and ask a judge to legally change his/her sex. It's discretionary on the part of the judge in determining when the person switches sex and is entitled to a legal change, but typically it's when the breasts are removed.

Judges typically do not require a genitalia switch as a prerequisite to a sex change.

Chaz has been in a committed relationship for several years. Therefore, what Chaz could never do now -- marry his partner -- he can do when the law acknowledges he is indeed a he.

Exact same person -- totally different result. Go figure.

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46.

billiegirl    

Is the partner still a lesbian?

1929 days ago
47.

john h    

fat pig. shes sick.

1929 days ago
48.

auramac    

If Sonny Bono were alive, it could've gotten really confusing- Cher would yell "Son!" and both would answer.

1929 days ago
49.

loridarlin    

congrats to the new dude, however, he was born a she, and in my eyes, will always be.

1929 days ago
50.

ml    

TMZ really like to talk about these thing. It is gross!

1929 days ago
51.

Dee    

Hey TMZ, Picture 30 of 33 - that guy is NOT Sonny Bono.

1929 days ago
52.

AAG    

So, she's going to be a "man" that has a vagina and female reproductive organs?

Ummm...won't she just be a fat chick with no boobies when she cuts them off?

California deserves to fall off the continent and into the ocean.

1929 days ago
53.

laughs at Obama voters    

"His"? "Him"?

Actually, "it". That's more appropriate.

1929 days ago
54.

zoolander    

Will you please stop with the CA same sex marriage cr ap.l And I think it's wrong that as soon as a woman gets her breasts removed she can legally change to a HE. What about women with breast cancer that have them removed. Are we gonna say they're men now too? Stupid. Or is this just good or nuts and fruits CA judges? Because until she goes all the way with the gender change she's still a WOMAN!!! That's what I think about this. And really I don't care if CHAZ gets he's private parts done over, it's up to her. But not until it' ALL done can she be considered a he.

1929 days ago
55.

jane    

WHY IF YOUR GAY DO YOU HAVE TO LOOK LIKE A DUDE? SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL GIRL. CAN'T SHE JUST REMAIN THE SAME AND JUST LIVE HER LIFE WITHOUT ALL THE GARBAGE. IF THIS WERE MY DAUGHTER, I WOULD LOVE HER NO MATTER WHAT. I AM AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE BUT A MOTHER'S LOVE IS THE MOST POWERFUL THING A WOMAN HAS. I WISH HER WELL BUT HOPE SHE DOESN'T MUTILATE HERSELF FOR THE SAKE OF A DUMB LAW.

1929 days ago
56.

dave    

O.M.G....just another queeeeeeer.....STUPID,,,,,people

1929 days ago
57.

Hep    

femail wrote: Until a man cuts of his penis, he's a man.

I believe a man is still considered a man even if his penis is removed.

1929 days ago
58.

Yolanda Nixon    

Queers are funny.

1929 days ago
59.

jrad247    

She was such a cute little girl. What the hell ? Put down the McDonalds McEverything menu for Christs sake !

Sonny Bono would be toppeling over on his ski hill if he were here right now.
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1929 days ago
60.

Rosie    

So you are saying that If a woman has to have a masectomy due to cancer then is the law saying they are no longer a woman!

1929 days ago
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