Appeals court hears arguments in gay adoption case

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Posted: Oct 7, 2009 11:43 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Oct 7, 2009 1:49 PM

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Topics: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gay, Adoption, Louisiana, Oren Adar, Mickey Ray Smith, Shreveport, New York, Birth Certificate, Attorney General

A federal appeals court has heard arguments on whether Louisiana must put both fathers' names on the birth certificate of a boy born in Shreveport and adopted in New York State by a gay couple.
Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, now of San Diego, want both of their names on their son's birth certificate. But Louisiana law lets only married couples or single individuals adopt.

Louisiana officials say that means the certificate may carry only one man's name. Under New York law, both names could be recorded.

A federal judge ruled in favor of the men; the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday.

Louisiana's attorney general has said the case brings up complex constitutional questions and is likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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