Indiana will fight ruling ordering same-sex parents’ names on birth certificates

A landmark ruling by a federal judge last year that required Indiana to list the names of same-sex parents on birth certificates will be appealed by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.

“There is no conceivable important governmental interest that would justify the different treatment of female spouses of artificially-inseminated birth mothers from the male spouses of artificially-inseminated birth mothers,” wrote District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in her 2016 ruling. The case was brought by eight lesbian couples who sought to end the “discriminatory” practice of naming the birth mother and either the biological father or an adoptive parent on a child’s birth certificate.

 They argued successfully that the state discriminated against them by forcing them to undergo lengthy and costly adoption processes in order to be recognized as the legal parent of their own child.

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