The Court built upon its 2009 ruling in Lambda Legal's landmark case Varnum v. Brien, which ordered that same-sex couples and their families be treated equally under state law, and won the right for same-sex couples to marry.
Jenny and Jessica Buntemeyer have received an accurate death certificate for Brayden, their stillborn son, listing both mothers after the Iowa Department of Public Health declined to appeal its defeat last month in Buntemeyer v. Iowa Department of Public Health.
An Iowa court today ordered the state health department to give a married lesbian couple an accurate death certificate for their son, who was stillborn in October 2011. The department had erased the name of one of the moms from the original certificate.
Iowa's Polk County District Court heard oral arguments today in Lambda Legal’s case on behalf of Jenny and Jessica Buntemeyer, a married Iowa couple who gave birth to a stillborn son, Brayden Bruce Buntemeyer.