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Texas Birth Certificates

Awhile back before same-sex marriage, certain states refused to issue amended birth certificates after an adoption in the names of both same-sex parents.  In essence the refusal to amend a birth certificate  was a  state’s tacit way of disapproving of the adoption.

Today that is no longer the case for same-sex adoption and birth certificates as far as I know for gay married couples.

However,  the issuance of birth certificates is still a thriving tool in another area of law – children born in the United Staes to parents who are not US Citizens.

In THIS recent NY Times article, a mother who gave birth in the US but was here illegally learned she could not satisfy the Texas requirements for a Texas birth certificate meaning she would be unable to prove her child’s US citizenship.

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Rhode Island Gov Vetoes Bill Seeking to Create a Grandparent Right to File for Adoption

Report that Governor Raimondo vetoed a Bill that would have established a grandparent right in certain cases to file a court proceeding to terminate parental rights in order adopt a grandchild.  By vetoing this bill, the State remains the only entity that can file parental termination court proceedings without a parent’s consent.  Governor Raimondo’s struggle in vetoing the bill appears to be over her interpretation of the best interest of a child.  If the best interest of a child is paramount (ie more important than anything else), the bill would have likely succeeded.  Instead, the Governor placed equal weight to important factors including but not limited to: (a)  the potential cost to the state to provide a free attorney to a parent who objects; and (b) the parent’s constitutional right to parent regardless of a child’s best interest.

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