Now that we have secured the freedom to marry here at home, we are committed to holding the state of Florida accountable for treating our families equally.
Florida’s Bureau of Vital Statistics is refusing to allow hospitals to list both same-sex parents on their baby’s birth certificate. After months of advocacy, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Florida attorneys Elizabeth Schwartz and Mary Meeks filed a complaint on behalf of Equality Florida Institute and three plaintiff couples to demand that the Bureau update its policies and respect the marriages of same-sex couples.
At a moment when families should be celebrating the birth of a child, married same-sex couples are treated unfairly and disrespectfully, casting a shadow on what should be the happiest day of a parent’s life. No parent deserves to experience such a heartbreaking denial of relationship to their newborn.
A birth certificate is an incredibly important state-issued document, especially for LGBT parents. Birth certificates are usually the only form of identification for an infant, and are the first official document that represent a newborn baby’s family. Having an inaccurate birth certificate hinders a parent’s ability to take care of their child, to travel with their family, and to protect their child in case of an emergency.
We fought hard to win the freedom to marry here in Florida, and same-sex couples have won the right to access every benefit and protection of marriage, including the right of a spouse to be listed on their baby’s birth certificate.
We are committed to providing you and all of our members with resources and information you need to protect your families. Check out our LGBT Family FAQ to learn more about how you can make sure your family is legally protected and recognized here in Florida and across the country. And, reach out to us here if you would like to be referred to an LGBT-friendly family law attorney in your area.