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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, February 11, 2006

New Jersey Lesbian Couple Seek to Have Names on Birth Certificate

A New Jersey lesbian couple are asking a Superior Court Judge to list both of their names on the birth certificate of a child born to one of them.  The trial court has delayed a decision so it can hear additional arguments regarding the potential harm the couple and the child could face while pursuing adoption.  The State Attorney General’s Office contends that the only way they both can obtain full parental rights is by adoption.  The lawyer for the couple contends that adoption is expensive and lengthy, taking an estimated six to nine months to complete. He argues that New Jersey’s artificial insemination statute extends to same-sex partners; the Attorney General’s Office disagrees.  The couple is registered as domestic partners in New York, and the registration is recognized by New Jersey.  Source:  Karen Sudol, Asbury Park Press, For the complete story, please click here (last visited February 11, 2006, reo.)

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