Arkansas Begins Listing Same-Sex Partners On Birth Certificates

The Department of Health in Arkansas has begun allowing same-sex partners to be listed as parents on a baby's birth certificate. Progress!

From The Huffington Post:

On Tuesday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, from the state's largest county,struck down part of a state law that barred same-sex couples from being listed on their children's birth certificates, ordering government officials to immediately issue amended certificates to the three plaintiff couples.

But the state did not allow other same-sex couples who weren't part of the lawsuit to do the same. Health officials initially turned away at least one couple who tried to change their son's document.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge advised state officials not to issue more amended birth certificates because she planned to appeal the ruling and ask for a stay of the decision. 

But the Department of Health has decided to defy that recommendation. 

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