PolitiFact checks Texas Values’ statement that legislation supported by gay rights activists would strip ‘mother’ and‘ father’ from future Texas birth certificates.
The leader of Texas Values, a group begun this year that aims to preserve and advance a culture of family values, warns that legislation supported by gay rights advocates would amend every future birth certiffcate.
In a Nov. 19 interview with Austin’s KTBC-TV, Jonathan Saenz said he doesn’t expect the measure to pass into law. But “if this change is made in the law,” Saenz said, “it affects everyone’s birth certiffcates. That means the birth certiffcates the way they are now, the forms, would not say ‘mother’ and ‘father.’ ”
Mom and Dad absent from birth certiffcates?
Asked the basis of his claim, Saenz told us the proposal ffled by Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, for consideration by the 2013 Legislature strips references to a mother and father from supplemental birth certiffcates, the kind mostly issued in adoption cases.
Nearly 30,000 so-called “supplemental” birth certiffcates were ffled by the state from September 2011 through August 2012, according to Christine Mann, a spokeswoman for the Texas Depart-