The USA State Department appeals ruling granting citizenship to a same-sex couple’s child


Judge John F. Walter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled in February that two-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks was entitled to receive American citizenship even though his American dad is not biologically related to the boy. But the State Department decided to appeal the decision, NBC News reported earlier this month, specifying that the State Department refused to explain the reason behind the appeal and to talk about this case in general pending the litigation. Ethan is biologically related to his Israeli father, his twin brother Aiden is an American. The boys were born via surrogacy in Canada and both their fathers were mentioned in their birth certificates as legal parents, but when they decided to go to the USA, the problem occurred as little Ethan was not an American, neither by ‘the right of ground’ (he was born in Canada) nor by ‘the right of blood’ (he is not biologically related to an American citizen), so the dads launched a legal battle.


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