Monday, June 26 marked the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the United States. Therefore, it was a fitting day for the court to reaffirm its 2015 decision, this time ruling that states must allow the names of both parents in a same-sex marriage to be listed on birth certificates.
The decision reversed a ruling by the Arkansas state Supreme Court concerning a law which allowed a woman’s husband to automatically be listed on a child’s birth certificate regardless of whether he was the biological parent but did not extend the same right to same-sex couples.
According to the New York Times, the case, titled Pavan v. Smith, was brought to the Supreme Court by two married lesbian couples “who had jointly planned their child’s conception by means of an anonymous sperm donor.” State officials would only list the biological mother’s name on the birth certificates.
Supreme Court orders Arkansas to allow names of both same-sex parents on their children’s birth certificates, reversing Arkansas high court pic.twitter.com/tl7YnifEFf
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 26, 2017