Arkansas panel rejects bill on same-sex birth certificates

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas Senate committee has rejected a proposal aimed at allowing married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificates without a court order.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday rejected by a voice vote the proposal to change the presumption of parentage under the state's artificial insemination and surrogacy laws.

The proposal was filed in response to a state Supreme Court ruling last year reversing a judge's decision to strike down Arkansas' birth certificate law as unconstitutional.

Attorneys are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review that decision on the grounds that it undermines the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


HM2 says...

Ifd this thing had passed, it would be the same as saying that it's ok to falsify a legal document. There is no way two men or two women can conceive a child.

Posted 20 March 2017, 8:14 p.m. Suggest removal

RBBrittain says...

HM2, birth certificates claiming non-biological parents are issued in Arkansas every day; you can even get two moms (or two dads) with a court order. That's NOT falsifying anything; the fact is, LEGAL parents are NOT always biological parents. The problem is, an opposite-sex couple is automatically presumed to be the legal parents of any child born to them unless proven otherwise, even if conceived with a sperm donor; but same-sex parents do NOT get that legal presumption currently.

Posted 20 March 2017, 9:35 p.m. Suggest removal

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