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Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - Sort­ing out the truth in pol­i­tics www.poli­ti­fact­texas.com TExAS vAL­uES ByW. Gard­ner Selby wgselby@states­man.com

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-

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