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Birth-record fix for gays falls to lower court, Arkansas Supreme Court rules

Find way to get names on certificates despite illegal law, state justices tell judge

By John Moritz

This article was published October 20, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to media at Trump Tower in this 2016 file photo.



Arkansas' top judges ordered a lower court on Thursday to come up with a way to accommodate same-sex parents under the state's birth certificate law, which was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.



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RBear says... October 20, 2017 at 6:28 a.m.

It is amazing this is taking so long to remedy. Rutledge is doing everything in her power to slow the process down, possibly hoping for some saving grace to come snatch it away from loving LGBTQ couples. I just wrote about the opportunities for growth in the state and it's things like this that drive companies away from Arkansas. Rutledge has done more to hinder the growth in our state than anyone else, save the socio-cons in the legislature.

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Dero says... October 20, 2017 at 7:48 a.m.

Wait a second, this is a BIRTH certificate we're talking about here isn't it? As a matter of FACT shouldn't it contain the names of the parents....which at this time still employs components from a man and a woman. In my opinion, we shouldn't be changing FACTS. I do understand that adoptive parents want to be recognized as parents of record but when it involves changing facts those adoptive parents need to ACT like parents and recognize there are facts in life that can't be changed. It would help if they could teach this to the children they want to raise.

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PopulistMom says... October 20, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.

Dero,

I'm an adoptive parent of two. The states have been issuing birth certificates with the names of the adoptive parents for many years.

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Duhig says... October 20, 2017 at 8:55 a.m.

Dero, we all know how babies are made. The issue is equal treatment under the law.
When a man & woman are married and use donor sperm or egg, orb names of the married couple are placed on the BC. Same sex couples are only asking for equal treatment
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23cal says... October 20, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Dero: The FACTS are that LGBT parents are illegally being treated differently under the law.
I understand that's the way you like it,; that "all men are created equal" doesn't apply to LGBTs in the warped thinking of a certain un-American demographic mostly composed of extremist religious right whackjobs who think governmental enforcement of their religious fantasies takes precedence over basic American principles such as "All men are created equal", due process, and so on.

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purplebouquet says... October 20, 2017 at 12:32 p.m.

I just looked at my daughter's BC. It asks for mother's maiden name and birth place and father's name and birth place. Why not add 2 lines and ask the same information of de facto parent 1 and de facto parent 2, if different from the biological parents? De facto would be folks other than the biological parents that are raising the child, Perhaps sb could suggest a better name. Sth like that would cover all kinds of families and not discriminate against anyone.

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gohogs17 says... October 20, 2017 at 5:45 p.m.

Bless their little hearts.

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CartoonDude says... October 21, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.

Birth certificates are necessary to establish bloodlines. The court has decided to make them symbolic political documents instead. Why didn't the court simply rule that it's unconstitutional for two men or two women to not be physically able to produce children? That would make about as much sense.

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