Court rules same-sex parents both belong on child's birth certificate
July 06, 2016
A federal judge in Indiana ruled last week that both members of a same-sex couple should be listed as parents on their child's birth certificate.
The ruling-- which matches court rulings in some other states-- came in a lawsuit brought by homosexual couples who said they were victims of discrimination because they were not both listed on their children's birth certificates. The birth certificates, following biological realities, had allowed only for a mother and a father.
Under the old Indiana policy, the homosexual partner of a biological parent was required to adopt the partner's child in order to be legally recognized as a parent. The new policy gives state recognition to the same-sex partners, without requiring either a biological tie or an adoption process.
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