Texas won’t change death certificate to reflect gay marriage

James (left) and John Allen Stone-Hoskins (right) at their 2014 wedding ceremony.

James (left) and John Allen Stone-Hoskins (right) at their 2014 wedding ceremony.

James (left) and John Allen Stone-Hoskins (right) at their 2014 wedding ceremony.

James (left) and John Allen Stone-Hoskins (right) at their 2014 wedding ceremony.

My San Antonio reports that Texas‘ Department of Health And Human Services has staunchly refused to change the death certificate of the late James Stone-Hoskins, whose husband wanted the certificate amended to show that they were married.

Now, John Allen Stone-Hoskins — who is dying from cancer — wants a San Antonio judge to hold the Texas Attorney General in contempt since he’s “not agreeing that it applies retroactively,” said Neel Lane, one of Stone-Hoskins’ lawyers. “They want the court to decide it. To me, it already has and the Constitution is clear. They’re denying him his constitutional rights. If he were ‘Jane,’ the certificate would be changed as a matter of course. The only reason they are doing this is because he’s ‘John.'”

Since the Supreme Court ruling, John Stone-Hoskins has asked for the death certificate to be changed several times.

“I think it’s heartless,” Neel Lane said. “If nothing else, the law has a heart.”

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