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Same-sex couple files Supreme Court lawsuit over adoption rights

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 01:34

A New York same-sex couple sues the state of Ohio after the state refused to name both men on their adopted son's birth certificate. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Cooper is a well-loved toddler with two fathers. But according to the state of Ohio, only one of their names can be listed as Cooper's father on his new amended birth certificate. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROBERT TALMAS, COOPER'S ADOPTED FATHER, SAYING: "And so the situation that we are in now is that we don't want to choose." It's a far cry from the joy the two men felt the day Cooper was born: (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROBERT TALMAS, COOPER'S ADOPTED FATHER, SAYING: "My first introduction to Cooper was really a text of him being held up which was, I mean, I can't really express how emotional that was, but the second we saw him, he was perfect." The couple was married in New York, but Cooper was born in Ohio... one of 13 states banning same-sex marriage. It's complicating legal issues surrounding Cooper's adoption. And they're in the process of suing the state of Ohio together with three other couples in federal court. But Evan Wolfson of "Freedom to Marry" says people like Joe and Rob will face discrimination until same-sex marriage is legalized federally. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EVAN WOLFSON, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREEDOM TO MARRY, SAYING: "New York honors their marriage but when they go to Ohio to bring home their adopted child, Ohio discriminates against them. And that is why even though some of us live in freedom to marry states, are not done until we have ended this discrimination nationwide." A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is expected in June, to determine whether states have the right to ban gay marriage... arguably one of the justices' most important rulings of 2015. And according to Joe and Rob, it's of utmost importance to this young boy's future.

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Same-sex couple files Supreme Court lawsuit over adoption rights

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 01:34