Why is it “policy” for some states to “flag” — to place a hold on — the birth certificates of children adopted by gay parents, when they don’t do that for adopted children of opposite-sex parents? Why do some states think they have to review the actions of same-sex parents? Because in the eyes of many state governments, and the federal government, same-sex parents aren’t equal under the law, and that inequality allows, or even requires by law or policy, additional scrutiny.
There are 650,000 same-sex couples across the country today, many of whom are raising 250,000 children. This week, one Nashville, Tennessee same-sex couple applying for a social security card for their adopted son, Micah, were told his birth certificate would be “flagged” until 2033 by the Georgia State Department Of Vital Records. “It’s the policy,” they were told. But why?
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