Thursday, February 16, 2017
Ind. Decisions - "Indiana AG says ruling on same-sex parent birth certificate issue creates confusion"
WISHTV 8 reports in a story that begins:
Newly-elected Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is making headlines after appealing a federal judge’s ruling that would allow female same-sex spouses to be listed on a child’s birth certificate.The WISHTV story follows on the Feb. 1st Indianapolis Star story, quoted here in the ILB, that the State is appealing to the 7th Circuit the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in Henderson v. Adams.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled that requiring a same-sex spouse to adopt a child in order to gain parental rights is unconstitutional. The state currently recognizes the birth mother, but not a same-sex spouse on the birth certificate. That spouse would have to go through the often expensive adoption process to be included on the certificate. Parenting rights make it easier to enroll kids in school and even add them to insurance.
Hill says he’s appealing this decision because Pratt’s ruling creates law that doesn’t exist.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 16, 2017 11:21 AM
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