The Supreme Court of Arkansas in America has ruled that the state can refuse to grant lesbian couples a birth certificate, which lists their child’s two mothers.

The court made this rule on the grounds of the constitution and Arkansas state laws, which dictate how the Department of Health should handle birth certificates. Under Arkansas statutes three couples have sued the Health Department for issuing birth certificates that only stipulate the child’s birth mother. However the Arkansas Supreme Court held that, “we cannot say that naming the nonbiological spouse on the birth certificate of the child is an interest of the person so fundamental that the State must accord the interest its respect”.

If this decision is appealed the next step would be the United States Supreme Court.

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