Both Gay Dads Get Names on Louisiana Birth Certificate

“A gay couple in California have won a federal court ruling that orders Louisiana to put the names of both men on their adopted son’s birth certificate despite state law against unmarried adoption. The facts are so clear that no trial is needed, wrote U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey. Louisiana’s Office of Vital Records must give full faith and credit to the New York state court in which Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith adopted the boy, the judge ruled last week. The two gay men lived in New York at the time of the 2006 adoption, but have since moved to San Diego. The boy was born in Louisiana. The Louisiana office had refused to issue a birth certificate listing both as the boy’s legal parents. Louisiana law does not let two unmarried people adopt a child together, regardless of sex, wrote Carol L. Haynes, representing the state health department and registrar Darlene W. Smith. ” [WashTimes]

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