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Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal

Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Health Services is reviewing the state’s vital records law now that same-sex marriage is legal under a federal court ruling.

ArizonaHealth Services Director Will Humble says a spouse will be able to get a death certificate for a spouse regardless of gender.

Humble says his department doesn’t expect major changes in how it issues birth certificates.

But he says maternity and paternity laws are being reviewed to determine how to register a birth when a birth mother wants her same-sex spouse listed on the birth certificate as the other parent.

Humble also says his department doesn’t yet know whether adoption laws will be affected. State law doesn’t prohibit same-sex couples from adopting children but the law does give preference to a married man and woman.

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