Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary
The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case Box v. Henderson, which sought to allow Indiana to refuse to place both mothers on their child’s birth certificate.
The court’s denial effectively leaves in place the Seventh Circuit decision in favor of the mothers and maintains the court decision, Pavan v. Smith as precedent. In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Pavan v. Smith to overturn an Arkansas Supreme Court decision that allowed the state to bar married same-sex couples from automatically having both parent’s names listed on their children’s birth certificates.
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