The Ohio Department of Health is refusing to issue new birth certificates for children adopted by same-sex couples. This is a troubling development and has not been widely publicized. This means that lesbian and gay couples that adopt an Ohio born child will be unable to obtain an accurate birth certificate reflecting their parental status. The letter that DoH is sending out is included below. Apparently, Governor Kasich issued the order to DoH instructing them to refuse to issue an amended birth certificate. There is no legal justification for the Department's action. A lawsuit is expected that will challenge this decision.
Joan M. Burda is a lawyer with a solo practice in Lakewood, Ohio. She limits her practice to estate planning. She writes on a variety of topics and is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law. Joan is nationally recognized for her work in addressing legal issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
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