On Monday, June 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned a discriminatory ruling by the Supreme Court of Arkansas. The state ruling in Arkansas allowed for the state to refuse to list both individuals of married same-sex couples on the birth certificates of their children.
Arkansas had allowed for husbands of new mothers to be listed as the “father” on the child’s birth certificate without any biological proof that they were the father and even when it was known that the husband was not biologically related to the child.
A lesbian couple challenged this law in Arkansas when officials would not list the non-bio mother on the birth certificate too, even though the couple was married.
Lawyer, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier brought the case to the Supreme Court on behalf of the couple. He reminded the judges that by upholding the Arkansas ruling the court would once again relegate same-sex couples and their families to the stigma, injury and inequality of ‘second-tier’ status.”
Today’s positive ruling for LGBT couples falls on the anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago with the ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges.