News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Lehmans

Akron General


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government


Same-sex parents fight for the right to be on Ohio birth certificates
Federal suit filed in Cincinnati today
Story by ANN THOMPSON


 
In The Region:

The Cincinnati attorney who successfully forced Ohio to allow same-sex couples to be listed on their spouse’s death certificates is now focusing on birth certificates. For Ohio Public Radio, WVXU's Ann Thompson reports.

LISTEN: Same-sex couples take their fight to birth certificates

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:57)


Attorney Al Gerhardstein says the federal lawsuit filed by four lesbian and gay couples seeks a court order requiring Ohio to put the names of both married same-sex parents on the birth certificates of their children.

“Here in Ohio, in light of our judiciary and the hurdles we’ll have to face, we think it’s better to go step-by-step. This is the next step, birth certificates.”

The three lesbian couples married in other states, but living in Cincinnati, are expecting children in June. Brittni Rodgers says the birth certificate is a big deal for her son.

“We plan on putting him in school and I don’t want to be recognized as a stranger in the state of Ohio. If my wife is not available, then I want to be recognized as the second mother.”

The plaintiffs also include a gay couple legally married in New York and the adoption agency that helped them adopt a child born in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health, named in the lawsuit, says it does not comment on pending litigation.

.

 

 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University