High court throws out rul­ing on birth cer­tifi­cate law

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LIT­TLE ROCK | Arkansas’ high­est court has thrown out a judge’s rul­ing that could have al­lowed mar­ried same-sex cou­ples to get the names of both spouses on their chil­dren’s birth cer­tifi­cates with­out a court or­der.

A split Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thurs­day that Pu­laski County Cir­cuit Court Judge Tim Fox went too far when he found the birth cer­tifi­cate law un­con­sti­tu­tional last year.

Jus­tices sided with the state, which

said Arkansas has a vested in­ter­est in list­ing bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents on birth cer­tifi­cates.

The court said it doesn’t vi­o­late equal pro­tec­tion “to ac­knowl­edge ba­sic bi­o­log­i­cal truths.”

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