Arkansas Supreme Court To Consider Birth Certificates For Same-Sex Couples

May 25, 2016

Marissa Pavan shows the birth certificate she received Dec. 2, 2015 for her child, created through artificial insemination.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' highest court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit over whether married same-sex couples can have the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificate without a court order.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request to hold oral arguments in the state's appeal of Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox's decision striking down part of the state's birth certificate law as unconstitutional.

Justices in December suspended Fox's ruling on the birth certificate law until the state's appeal could be heard. The court did not halt a separate order from Fox allowing the three same-sex couples who brought the lawsuit to amend their children's birth certificates.

The court said it would set a date later for the oral arguments.