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Friday, February 13, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Same-sex moms demand names on son’s birth record"

That is the headline of Dave Bangert's story today in the Lafayette Journal & Courier, subheaded "Tippecanoe County denied couple’s request to list them as parents on birth certificate without a court order. Now they plan to sue in federal court." Some quotes from the long story:

The Hendersons are expected to file a lawsuit Friday morning in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, challenging the state law on birth records and asking that Ashlee’s name be added to the birth certificate so she can be recognized as her son’s mother, without having to go through the adoption process. * * *

Amy Reel, spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Health, said the department had not been informed about a possible lawsuit or its claims. She said on Thursday that she was gathering information about advice the state department was giving local health departments about birth certificates for same-sex, married couples. But the information wasn’t immediately available by end of business hours Thursday.

Randy Vonderheide, attorney for the Tippecanoe County Health Department, said the statutes are anything but easy to interpret.

“We’ll take a look at the lawsuit,” Vonderheide said. “I understand times may well be changing. And we might have to take a little different look at what the current statutes indicate. It could be something that could well land in our legislature.”

Rich, the Tippecanoe County health administrator, said a lawsuit isn’t a surprise.

“From my understanding, this was obviously going to go higher than us,” Rich said. “We need an answer, I think we can all agree with that. … There always has to be a test case. I think there are 92 counties waiting for this same thing.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 13, 2015 09:01 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts