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

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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.

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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.




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