Lambda Legal argues on behalf of two fathers refused a birth certificate for their newly adopted child.
A three-member panel of federal judges heard from attorneys regarding our lawsuit against the Louisiana Registrar of Vital Statistics for refusing to respect the New York adoption by a same-sex couple of a Louisiana-born baby boy. Ken Upton, the Lambda Legal attorney who argued the case, says, “Decades ago, our U.S. Supreme Court rejected as unconstitutional the premise that a state may inflict harm on children solely as a way to express disapproval of their parents. Ironically, one of the earliest of these cases was against the State of Louisiana. The Registrar’s policy appears to be a throwback to that long discredited conduct.”