05 May '13, 6pm

Care2 Success: Same-Sex Parents on a Birth Certificate is A-OK in Iowa

Care2 Success: Same-Sex Parents on a Birth Certificate is A-OK in Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state cannot block two married women from having both their names recorded on their child’s birth certificate. In a 6-0 ruling on Friday, the state supreme court ruled against the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and ordered that they list both married women on the couple’s child’s birth certificate. The IDPH had argued that for the sake of accuracy and to record biological parentage, they could not do this without undermining what it means to be a mother and a father. However Justice David Wiggins, writing for the majority, threw out this argument. The court found the notion dubious given that the state currently keeps no records of biological parentage in cases where heterosexual couples have used anonymous sperm donors, and so the court failed to see how the state could make such a distinction. With a damning ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/care2-success-same-sex-parent...

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