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Texas Law Excludes Gay Adoptive Parents From Birth Certificate Forms

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Texas law prevents gay parents from both being listed on supplemental birth certificate forms for adoptive children. News 92 FM’s John Brewer has details:

The forms provide space for only one mother — a woman — and one father — a male.

Republican State Rep. Will Hartnett says the gender-specific language was added in 1997 as a part of a renewed commitment to conservative values. Opponents of the provision say it compels same-sex families to present unnecessary paperwork to prove they are legal parents for medical care, school enrollment and international travel, and prompts extra scrutiny that can embarrass or confuse children.

Houston adoption lawyer Connie Moore says children do not “understand the legal distinction” when their birth certificate causes a hold-up “while in line to sign up for soccer.”

Democrat representative Rafael Anchia has filed legislation this session to strike the 1997 amendment. The first two efforts to pass the bill in pervious sessions died in committee.

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