Judge: 2 adoptive dads belong on birth certificate

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December 28, 2008


"In his ruling Monday, [U.S. District Judge Jay] Zainey said Louisiana's Office of Vital Records must give full faith and credit to the New York State court in which Adar and Smith adopted the boy, he ruled Monday. The office had refused to issue a birth certificate listing both as the boy's legal parents.

"'The facts are so clear that no trial is needed,' Zainey wrote.

"[Kenneth D. ] Upton, [Jr.] of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc. of Dallas, said it is the fourth case of its kind that he knows of. Cases in Oklahoma, Virginia and Mississippi also were decided in the parents' favor ? the Mississippi case decided at trial about a month ago, he said."

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