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Ark. Judge: 3 Gay Couples can Amend Kids' Birth Certificates

Monday Nov 23, 2015

A Pulaski County judge says three same-sex couples who sued the state for refusing to name both spouses on their children's birth certificates can get the documents amended to list both names.

Judge Tim Fox did not issue a formal ruling after a hearing Monday but said the three couples who filed suit can go to the Arkansas Department of Health to change the documents immediately. Fox said he will issue a written ruling soon.

The married women filed suit after the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down gay marriage bans nationwide.

Two of the couples were married out of state before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and a third was married in Arkansas days after the decision. The couples' children were conceived through anonymous sperm donors.

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