Judge Strikes Part Of Birth Certificate Law For Same-Sex Couples

Dec 1, 2015

An Arkansas judge has struck down part of the state's law on birth certificates, a move that an attorney says clears the way for married same-sex couples to both be listed as parents.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox late Tuesday afternoon declared parts of the state's birth certificate law unconstitutional since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Fox's decision expands on a ruling he issued last week allowing three same-sex couples who sued the state for refusing to name both spouses on the birth certificates of their children to amend the documents and list both names. An attorney for the couples said Tuesday's order expands that ruling to all married-same sex couples.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office said it is reviewing Fox's ruling.