Arkansas Refuses To List Same-Sex Parents On Birth Certificates Despite Judge’s Ruling


Amanda Terkel | Huffington Post | December 3, 2015

An Arkansas judge on Tuesday struck down part of a state law that barred same-sex couples from being listed on their children’s birth certificates, ordering government officials to immediately issue amended certificates to the three plaintiff couples.

But as other couples quickly found out, the state is not yet extending that right to anyone beyond the plaintiffs.

Jennifer Gardner-Glaze of Little Rock has actually married her wife, Tracee, three times over the years, as they’ve tried to keep up with the changing landscape of where marriage equality is legal. They now have a 4-month-old son, but only Tracee is listed on the birth certificate.

On Wednesday, the Gardner-Glazes went to the Arkansas Department of Health to amend their son’s birth certificate. The couple was familiar with the case because they’re friends with Marisa and Terrah Pavan, two of the plaintiffs.

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