Monday, March 20, 2017

Senate committee rejects bill for equal treatment on birth certificates

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 4:50 PM

AP reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee has rejected on a voice vote Sen. Joyce Elliott's bill to give a same-sex couples the presumption of parentage on a birth certificate, the same as a heterosexual couples.

The Arkansas Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit seeking this equal protection. Other states provide this simple equal protection. The presumption is given heterosexual couples in cases of artificial insemination or surrogate mothers.

If the legislature continues in its bias against same-sex couples, a federal lawsuit will be required. Following practice in many other states would be smarter, not to mention humane, but this is Arkansas.

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