Stop the War on Same-Sex Parents

Target: Curtis Hill, Attorney General of Indiana

Goal: Do not block gay couples from being listed on birth certificates of children.

Some opportunistic legal professionals are already testing the boundaries of the newly shaped U.S. Supreme Court.  The attorney general of Indiana has asked the nation’s highest court to defy a lower court decision and deny same-sex couples with children their rights as parents. The cases in question involve the listing of both committed parents on birth certificates in cases where artificial insemination is used. Previously, a U.S. Court of Appeals had ruled that any laws in the state that limited the very concept of a parent and blocked full and equal rights to both parents were unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court itself also ruled in a similar manner previously.

With a conservative Supreme Court majority, however, Attorney General Curtis Hill apparently thinks now would be an opportune time to have another go at this discriminatory policy. In his brief to the court, he wrote of the parent-child bond in a dismissive way: “whenever a birth-mother’s wife gains presumptive ‘parentage’ status, a biological father’s rights and obligations to the child have necessarily been undermined without proper adjudication.” He fails to mention that the supposedly denied fathers in these cases were sperm donors who had already signed away their rights.

The birth certificate recognition is important because in Indiana and many states, parents listed on the certificate are afforded inalienable rights. Advocates fear that this curiously timed assault on same-sex couples is only the first of many more to come. Sign the petition below to demand this attorney general stop trying to make his fellow citizens play by his own rules of morality.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Hill,

You may want to air-quote and hand-wave “parentage” and dismiss it as “presumptive” in your filing to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the birth certificates of children of same-sex couples. Yet your actions demonstrate that you, sir, are the one who does not know the meaning of the term. A parent is the person who is there for a child through every scraped knee, every bike-riding lesson, every anxious first day of school, and every milestone in between and beyond.

The people you are attacking in your callous lawsuit are parents in every sense of the word, as affirmed by a United States Court of Appeals and as recognized by the United States Supreme Court three short years ago. You do not get to argue for the “rights” of sperm donors, who have already given up their rights, as a thinly veiled plea for discrimination. Moreover, you do not get to decide who makes a parent.

Drop this lawsuit and start fighting for the rights of the people of Indiana, not against them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Parents – the term is not defined by the sex of those involved.

  2. Lisa Alllis says:

    What WAR on parents??? Really? A WAR in Indiana on parents? Why do you always use such inflammatory speech? Anyway, the U.S. is one of the most progressive countries in the world regarding the LGBQT. I wonder how same sex parenting is going in various countries in Africa, South America, Asia, etc.? Probably not so well. Be glad you are an American. Stop dividing the country.

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