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This is the Man Blocking the Rights of Same-Sex Parents in Nebraska

This is the Man Blocking the Rights of Same-Sex Parents in Nebraska

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson

Same-sex couples are fighting to have both spouses's names on their children's birth certificates.


The Nebraska attorney general's office announced its objection this week to a filing by the American Civil Liberties Union, seeking permission for both same-sex spouses to be listed on their children's birth certificates, according to the Associated Press.

Doug Peterson's office objected to the ACLU's filing in the case of Nicole and Brooke Wagner and other same-sex parents. The Journal-Star reported little Miles Wagner doesn't have a birth certificate despite the fact he is nearly 2 months old, because the Nebraska Office of Vital Records and Statistics has offered only to list Nicole Wagner as the "mother" and Brooke Wagner as a "friend."

State attorneys argued in a news release Tuesday that plaintiffs in the case are adding statements from couples who were not part of their original lawsuit, reported the Associated Press.

"Specifically, the State contends that the plaintiffs are attempting to add additional affidavits by couples who were not parties to the original lawsuit and who are claiming additional rights not addressed in the original filings in the case," the attorney general's office explained in a press release.

These cases are being pursued along with the one filed by Susan and Sally Waters, who are among seven same-sex couples who sued the state last year for marriage equality.

The Waters's fight is especially poignant because Sally, 58, was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. It is terminal.

While same-sex marriage is legal in the United States, in numerous states it is still difficult for married same-sex couples to obtain the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples. However, the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage specifically mentions being listed on birth certificates as one of the ways in which same-sex couples should now be entitled, according to National Public Radio.

However, same-sex couples across the country still face difficulties when it comes to being listed on birth certificates, according to the radio network. Cases are pending regarding the matter in several states including Florida, while Utah, Texas and Ohio courts have sided with same-sex couples ordering state departments of health to follow the law, according to NPR.

Listen to the report below from NPR.

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