A series of court cases have shown that Louisiana cannot prevent a gay couple, Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, from both being listed on their child’s birth certificate. The case is set to be heard in front the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals after already passing through a district court and 3 panel appeals court. Both ordered Louisiana to list the two fathers as parents.
Although the couple lives in San Diego, their son was birthed by a Shreveport woman in 2005. Hence the necessity to settle the matter in Louisiana. The child was then adopted by the couple in New York in 2006.
The case raises significant points not only about marriage equality and adoption rights for alternative families, but also about what constitutes parenthood in America today.
We’re thrilled to see the two lesser courts rule in favor of equality, and are hoping the 5th Circuit Court agrees with their decisions.
What do you think? Should birth certificates list the woman who gave birth to a child, or the couple raising him or her?
Via Stamford Advocate