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As same-sex marriage begins, Iowa may change ‘father’ and ‘mother’ on birth certificate

Catholic World News - April 27, 2009

Less than four weeks after an April 3 Iowa Supreme Court decision that imposed same-sex marriage upon the state, counties began to process same-sex marriage applications on April 27. In addition to changing the wording of “bride” and “groom” on marriage certificates, the state may also change “father” and “mother” on birth certificates.

Iowa’s bishops are calling for a marriage amendment to the state constitution-- a difficult task that would require passage by two consecutive general assemblies before the matter could be put to popular vote.

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