Tuesday, October 11, 2011

High Court Refuses to Hear Case of Gay Couple; La. Would Not Grant Birth Certificate for Gays' Son

The U.S. Supreme Court today (October 11, 2011) refused to hear a case that challenged discrimination against a gay couple by a Louisiana state official, according to the Pride Source website.

The case, Adar v. Darlene Smith, was filed by Lambda Legal Defense on behalf of a gay couple who sought an amended birth certificate for a Louisiana boy they adopted in New York.

Smith, Louisiana registrar, refused to provide Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith (no relation to the registrar) with an amended certificate, saying she was barred from doing so by a Louisiana law prohibiting unmarried couples from adopting.

By refusing to hear the case, the U.S. Supreme Court, in effect, agreed with the Louisiana registrar's decision to refuse to grant a birth certificate to an unmarried couple.

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