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Ohio attorney sues for gay parents to appear on child's birth certificate
Gerhardstein won earlier battle over death certificates
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The attorney who won the right in Ohio for same-sex couples to be listed on each other’s death certificates has filed a new suit over birth certificates. 

The lawsuit was filed by three lesbian couples, a gay couple and an adoption agency. It asks a federal judge to require Ohio to list the names of both parents – when they’re legally married in another state -- on the birth certificates of their children born in Ohio. 

The lesbian couples have gotten pregnant through artificial insemination, and their infants are expected to be born in Cincinnati hospitals. Because Ohio’s constitution bans same-sex marriage, only the birth mother’s name will be listed on the birth certificates. In opposite-sex marriages, both parents are listed. 

The lawyer who filed the suit, Al Gerhardstein successfully sued last year over death certificates. The state is appealing that decision.

"At both ends of our lifespans, a marriage is a marriage," Gerhadstein said. "Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages and the families founded on those marriages throughout life.”

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