California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will allow same-sex parents more options to identify their relationship with their child on their child’s birth certificate. Currently, parents are required to select “Mother/Parent” and “Father/Parent.”
Assembly Bill 1951 will change the format of the child’s birth certificate so the line for the parents’ names will the choice of “Mother,” “Father,” or “Parent.”
This law will go into effect January 2016. Same-sex couples that currently have children will be able to update their child’s birth certificate to the new format starting Jan 2016. Again, California is on the cutting edge of protecting the rights of both the parents and their children.
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