Both same-sex parents can now be named in children’s birth certificates in Indiana

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Married same-sex couples can finally both be listed as parents on their children’s birth certificates issued by the state of Indiana. The local LGBT campaigners fought for it for many years. In June 2016, a federal judge ruled that both same-sex parents could be listed on their children’s birth certificate, in a case brought by 4 same-sex couples with kids. The couples had argued in their legal action that they were forced to undergo lengthy and costly process of adopting their own children if they were not biologically related to them. Under Indiana law, married opposite-sex couples were already able to list the husband as the child’s father, even if a sperm donor was used, but for lesbian couples it did not work like that. Now, almost three years after the case was first heard, The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the original ruling. According to CNN, the appeals court ruled that by not allowing same-sex couples to be listed on their children’s birth certificates, Indiana was denying them one of the benefits of their marital status. Although many Indiana same-sex parents are relieved, the ruling has left the situation vague for male same-sex parents as all the plaintiffs in the case were women. There is also still the chance that attorney general Hill could appeal the decision again, this time taking the case to the Supreme Court.

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