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Supreme Court Won't Decide Case of Gay Adoptive Dads Who Wanted Their Names on Birth Certificate

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The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a gay couple who wanted both their names listed on the birth certificate of their adopted boy.

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled against the couple, Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, in an April en banc decision. SCOTUSblog, the Associated Press and CNN have stories on the cert denial.

The couple had sued after the Louisiana registrar refused to issue an amended birth certificate listing both fathers’ names as the parents of a Louisiana-born boy they adopted in New York. The registrar had cited state policy against adoption by unmarried couples. The 5th Circuit had ruled neither the equal protection clause nor the full faith and credit clause required the state to issue the amended certificate.

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