OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says it will begin listing the names of both same-sex spouses on their children’s birth certificates.
The change was revealed in court documents filed Tuesday by state attorneys as part of a lawsuit challenging Nebraska’s ban on gay marriage. That ban was deemed unconstitutional after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage across the country in June, and now plaintiffs are seeking a judicial order to strike it down.
HHS spokeswoman Leah Bucco-White says the department has begun the process to make the changes, but that the current birth certificate form will be used until that process is completed. She declined to answer questions about when the change will be made or how the new birth certificate forms will be worded.