No More Changes To Birth Certificates After Ruling

May 15, 2014

Arkansas is no longer allowing gay couples to be listed as the parents on birth certificates after the state's high court said a prohibition on same-sex marriage licenses is still in effect.

A spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Health said Thursday it would no longer alter birth certificates for same-sex couples who sought to both be listed as parents after a judge voided the state's gay marriage ban.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling, but noted that his decision didn't affect another law barring clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Kerry Krell said the department had changed birth certificates for 22 same-sex couples. She said the department is waiting for a final ruling from Piazza.