Justices Clear Same-Sex Parents To Be On Birth Certificates

Law360, New York (June 26, 2017, 5:55 PM EDT) -- Since Arkansas law requires a mother’s male spouse to be named on her child’s birth certificate, even if he’s not the biological father, the state must also allow same-sex partners to be listed on those documents, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

In a per curiam opinion, all but three justices said an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that same-sex partners could be blocked from being listed on birth certificates is unconstitutional under Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark 2015 case legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, dissented.

Arkansas had argued that birth certificates...

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