Moms sue North Carolina to update birth certificates
A same-sex couple is suing North Carolina to force officials to put both women’s names on their children’s birth certificates.
The lawsuit says Melissa Weiss gave birth to both children after she wed Meredith – in Canada – in 2003. They say North Carolina only put her name on the certificates and hasn’t added Meredith Weiss. The lawsuit says same-sex spouses who had children after marriage became legal in North Carolina received two-parent certificates.
The Weisses say they need accurate birth certificates for school, health care and financial reasons.
Two state Department of Health and Human Services officials are named as defendants. The department issued a statement saying it hadn’t reviewed the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.