A federal judge in Indiana has ordered
that state to list both parents in a married female couple on birth certificates
, not just the birth mother.
Without the ruling, women were required to go through an adoption process to be listed, though husbands of women who were artificially inseminated did not have to do this to be listed on birth certificates.
"There is no conceivable important governmental interest that would justify the different treatment of female spouses of artificially-inseminated birth mothers from the male spouses of artificially-inseminated birth mothers," the judge wrote.
A court case is pending in Arkansas
on the state's refusal to list both parents on the certificate of a child born to a same-sex couple. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
is fighting Circuit Judge Tim Fox's ruling that both parents of a child born at the time the mothers were married should be listed on the birth certificate.