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Cincinnati Same Sex Couples Battle For Right To Both Be Named As Parents On Child’s Birth Certificate

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Pam York and Nicole Smith married outside of Ohio and have since combined their last names to make Yorksmith. Now, they want their child, due in June, to have the same name – and for both women to be listed as parents on his legal paperwork.

The Yorksmith family along with two other same sex married couples have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force the health departments of Ohio and Cincinnati to list the names of both same-sex parents on birth certificates.

“All of the (couples) seek an order that will establish for children and parents in families established through same-sex marriages the same status and dignity enjoyed by children and parents in families established through opposite-sex marriages,” says the suit, filed by Cincinnati attorney Alphonse Gerhardstein

We’re entitled to have that name listed on the birth certificate,” Pam Yorksmith added.

But not so fast. This is Ohio, a state which has one of the strongest and most restrictive “one man – one woman” DOMA state laws in the country written by an “official” affiliate of the Family Research Council called the Citizens for Community Values run by “recovering ex-porn addict” (and good friend of Brian Fischer of the American Family Association) Phil Buress.

Burress uses the same old FRC line that voters in Ohio and 30 other states approved banning same-sex marriages either by changing state laws or constitutions.

“They’re not going to get what they want through public opinion, so they’re going shopping for a liberal judge … a judge who doesn’t care about the law.”

Those supporting same-sex marriages, Burress said, are filing such lawsuits because they are desperate after voters in three states have legalized same-sex marriage while voters in 31 others banned it.

“They’re all Hail Mary passes,” Burress said of the suits. “They know the score is 31-3 right now on what people vote. They know that’s the only way they can win.”

Marriage, Burress said, is the oldest institution and exists to rear children. That’s why he and CCV helped push the 2004 ballot issue that banned same-sex marriage in Ohio. (Actually Buress and the CCV wrote the 2004 Ballot issue)

“My issue is protecting marriage and not continuing to experiment with different types of marriages so people can feel good about themselves,” Burress said..

Whatever the outcome the issue needs to be decided quickly because three of the couples are pregnant and are due to deliver in June.



Will Kohler

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