HAPPY DAY: Marissa Pavan last week with new birth certificate. She and Terrah Pavan were plaintiffs in a suit seeking amendmed birth certificates for same-sex parents.
The state Health Departmen
t has expanded its policy on issuing amended birth certificates
to same-sex parents.
Last week, the agency issued birth certificates only to plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the refusal to issue birth certificates to same-sex parents. Judge Tim Fox ordered that the plaintiffs be issued certificates immediately
. Attoney General Leslie Rutledge is continuing to fight the ruling.
But today the Health Department issued this statement:
After further review of Judge Fox’s order, we have decided to issue amended birth certificates to same-sex couples who can show that they were married before the birth of their child. This may change depending on the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision on ADH’s request for a stay. Because this is a legal matter that continues to develop, this is all the information we have to share at this time.