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Court hears gay dads' birth certificate case

4 years ago Wednesday, January 19, 2011 1:16:50 PM CST January 19, 2011 Wednesday, January 19 2011 Jan 19, 2011 in News
Source: AP

NEW ORLEANS- Whether a child suffers harm from not having both adoptive parents' names on a birth certificate was one of the issues before an appeals court as Louisiana fought an order to put two homosexual men's names on the certificate of a child adopted in another state.

Today's arguements before the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals come in the case of former California residents Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith. They now live in Florida. Under New York state law, they adopted a boy born to a woman from Shreveport six years ago.

Louisiana doesn't allow adoptions by unmarried couples and only one man's name can go on the birth certificate.

A three-judge 5th Circuit panel ruled in the men's favor last year.

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