Provide Proper Birth Certificates to Children of Same-Sex Couples


Target: Iowa Department of Public Health

Goal: Demand accurate birth certificates for children of same-sex couples

Same-sex couples in Iowa are facing discrimination in terms of receiving proper birth documentation for their children. The state’s supreme court recently ruled this discrimination to be illegal, but the unfair treatment has continued.

Many same-sex couples in Iowa have been unable to receive birth certificates naming both partners as parents of their child. Because the forms have historically asked for a “mother” and a “father,” same-sex couples have been told that they can only document one of the parents’ names on the birth certificates. Even same-sex couples who have filled out extra paperwork have been denied the right of being named accurately on their child’s birth certificate.

Iowa has long been in process of changing the forms from “mother” and “father” to “parent 1” and “parent 2,” but the finalization of this plan has been delayed. The Iowa Supreme Court decided in favor of this change in the Gartner v. Newton case, stating that not allowing both spouses to put their names on the birth certificate would be unjust and an example of prejudice. The decision was made months ago but same-sex couples continue to face discrimination from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

By signing the petition below you will be condemning the Iowa Department of Public Health for their disregard for the rights and equality of same-sex couples, and demanding that they allow both spouses to be listed on the birth certificates of their children.


Dear Iowa Department of Public Health,

The decision of the Iowa Supreme Court that both partners in a same-sex relationship must be listed on the birth certificate of their children took place some time ago, but same-sex couples still face discrimination because you will not allow this change to take place.

I am writing you to demand that you take the necessary steps to allow both partners in a same-sex couple to be listed on the birth certificate of their children, as it is their legal right. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that not doing so is prejudice and cannot be tolerated, and it is despicable that this problem still exists. Change the forms to “parent 1” and “parent 2” and ensure that the legal parents are listed properly on their children’s birth certificates.


[Your Name Here]

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