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Supreme Court: Same-Sex Couples Have Right to Be Named on Birth Certificates

Married lesbian couples had to get a court order to have both spouses listed as parents on their children's birth certificates

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    Supreme Court: Same-Sex Couples Have Right to Be Named on Birth Certificates
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    New Associate Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, left, shakes hands with Chief Justice John Roberts, as Gorsuch's wife Louise arrives at right, at the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, following Gorsuch investiture ceremony to mark his ascension to the bench.

    The Supreme Court has ruled for same-sex couples who complained an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them.

    The justices on Monday issued an unsigned opinion reversing an Arkansas high court ruling that upheld the law.

    Under the law, married lesbian couples had to get a court order to have both spouses listed as parents on their children's birth certificates.

    Arkansas routinely lists a woman's husband as a child's father, even if he is not the biological parent of the child. The same-sex couples want the same presumption applied to the married partner of a woman who gives birth to a child.

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    Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented from the ruling.