Justices hear birth certificate case arguments
From the Des Moines Register:
Iowa Supreme Court justices were urged Tuesday to uphold a Polk County judge’s decision that required the state to list both parents on the birth certificates of children born as part of a same-sex marriage.
Camilla Taylor, marriage project director for advocacy group Lambda Legal, said same-sex parents need the immediacy and permanency offered by being declared a legal parent of their children.
Those comments came as part of Tuesday’s oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by Melissa and Heather Gartner against the Iowa Department of Public Health after that agency refused in 2009 to list both names on the birth certificate of their daughter, Mackenzie.
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