Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 42 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, October 9, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 41
ACLU sues Kansas to enforce Obergefell
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
ACLU sues Kansas to enforce Obergefell

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The ACLU is asking a federal judge to order the state of Kansas to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell decision, and recognize same-sex couples as lawful parents of children they conceived through artificial insemination.

The civil rights group is representing two Kansas couples - Casey Smith and her wife Jessica Smith who were married in California in 2013, and Christa Gonser and her wife Carrie Hunt who married in Canada in 2007. Both couples have children conceived through artificial insemination.

The couples charge that Kansas is still refusing to recognize their marriages, in spite of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June.

In their petition, they argue that Kansas treats female spouses of women who conceive through artificial insemination differently than it treats male spouses of such women, which they say is illegal under the Obergefell decision.

The Smiths have also filed a similar action in a Kansas state court.

Tom Witt, executive director of the LGBT rights group Equality Kansas, said he knows of at least two other couples in Kansas who are facing the same situation.

'The one thing that we've been keeping our eyes open for is exactly this scenario - that the [Sam Brownback] administration would go back on its word, and that it would start treating same-sex couples as second-class citizens,' Witt said. 'It's intolerable.'

After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in June, anti-Gay Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said he would respect the law and recognize Gay and Lesbian couples as legally married.

A 1968 Kansas state law says that children born as a result of artificial insemination, 'shall be considered at law in all respects the same as a naturally conceived child of the husband and wife so requesting and consenting to the use of such technique.'

Gonser, however, stated in her affidavit that Kansas University Hospital would not list her and her wife as parents because its computer software only has an option for naming a mother and a father.

She said she later contacted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to request a birth certificate, but was told by the Office of Vital Statistics that, 'since I was in a same-sex marriage, I could not be listed as a parent on my children's birth certificates.'

'She told me that I would have to obtain a second parent adoption in order to be listed as a parent on my children's birth certificates,' Gonser stated.

'This just shows that recognition is not yet realized in Kansas, which means, in our view, we need a permanent injunction,' said Doug Bonney, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas.

The two couples had already filed a suit for recognition of their marriages before the Supreme Court ruled in June, and the U.S. District Judge in their case granted a declaratory judgment in August, based on the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell.

However, the judge put off issuing an injunction compelling Kansas to comply, saying he hoped the state would voluntarily fall in line with the Supreme Court ruling.

State officials submitted affidavits and other documents showing that county officials were granting marriage licenses and certificates, and that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Office of Vital Statistics was recording them.

But on October 5, the ACLU filed a new complaint charging that its clients were being denied equal recognition in the matter of birth certificates for their children.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

LGBTQ community meets with new Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent
Safety and LGBTQ programming among top concerns

------------------------------
LGBT seniors at risk, study says
Tom Rasmussen asks for City funding to train caregivers

------------------------------
District 3 City Council race turns ugly
Charges made that Pamela Banks supporters bought 37th District Dem endorsement

------------------------------
ISIS throws more Gay men to their death; what, if anything, can be done to stop this horror?
------------------------------
Stay informed with AlertSeattle
------------------------------
New Amphitheater for Volunteer Park
Architectural Team Hired

------------------------------
The Mayor's budget: What's in it for you?
------------------------------
ACLU sues Kansas to enforce Obergefell
------------------------------
Republicans in disarray
Chaos as House Speaker candidate withdraws

------------------------------
California gets first-in-the-country Transgender health benefit law
Two additional laws benefit LGBT Californians

------------------------------
Intrigue in the Vatican
Factions feud as Synod on the Family opens in Rome

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1707 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2015 - DigitalTeamWorks 2015

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News