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Will A Federal Appeals Court Force Louisiana To Put 2 Daddies’ Names On Adopted Kid’s Birth Certificate?


Some 16 judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will decide whether Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, of San Diego, can force the State Of Louisiana to put both of their names of their child’s birth certificate. Born to a woman in Shreveport in 2005, the child was adopted by the couple in 2006 in New York State — but Louisiana refused to allow both men’s names to appear on the birth records, citing its laws that forbid same-sex couples from adopting; only legally married couples (read: straight) and single individuals can adopt. A lower court already ruled Louisiana is in the wrong. As you can guess, they’ve been at this case for years.

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