Arkansas court suspends part of birth certificate ruling

Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court has suspended a judge’s decision striking down part of the state’s birth certificate law, but not his order that three same-sex couples be listed on their children’s birth certificates as parents.

Justices on Thursday granted the state’s motion to stay Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox’s ruling that part of the birth certificate law was unconstitutional following the U.S. Supreme Court‘s June decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

The court, however, said it would not block Fox’s order that the state must issue amended birth certificates to three couples who sued the state. A Health Department spokeswoman said Thursday other same-sex couples will need a court order to get their children’s certificates amended given that the stay was issued.

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