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  •  OT: A bit of progress made in IA (10+ / 0-)

    Court: Iowa must recognize both lesbian parents

    Both spouses in a lesbian marriage must be recognized as legal parents to any child born during the couple's union, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

    The court ordered the state health department to start listing the names of both female spouses, including the one who did not give birth, on the birth certificates of their children.

    The ruling is a victory for Heather and Melissa Gartner of Des Moines, who sued after the department listed only Heather as a parent of their daughter in 2009. The couple argued the agency's decision deprived their daughter of the protections and benefits of having two legal parents present from birth.

    Friday's opinion said a state law that allowed only the "name of the husband" to appear on the birth certificate violated equal protection clauses in the Iowa Constitution. Justice David Wiggins said the only possible explanation for keeping the spouse who did not give birth off the certificate was "stereotype or prejudice" that served no purpose.

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