Indiana appealing lesbian couples’ parental rights order

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indiana attorney general has decided to appeal a federal judge’s order that the state list both spouses in lesbian marriages as parents on their children’s birth certificates.

The appeal will challenge U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s June ruling in favor of eight lesbian couples who sued the state and some county health departments.

Attorney general office spokesman Corey Elliot said the appeal aims to defend statutes enacted by the Legislature. The notice of appeal was filed Jan. 20 and no legal arguments have yet been submitted to the appeals court.

An attorney for the couples, Karen Celestino-Horseman, says she believes U.S. Supreme Court rulings give same-sex couples the same protections as heterosexual couples.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s