Louisiana to appeal 2 dads on birth certificate

Associated Press - December 31, 2008 2:43 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state of Louisiana says it will appeal a federal court order to put the names of 2 adoptive fathers on their son's birth certificate.

State Health Secretary Alan Levine said Wednesday the state is being forced to grant more legal recognition to the couple than required under the U.S. Constitution.

Oren Adar (AY-dahr) and Mickey Ray Smith adopted the Louisiana-born boy in New York state, where same-sex couples can be listed as parents. They now live in San Diego.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey ordered the Louisiana Office of Vital Records to put both men's names on the amended birth certificate that is standard in adoptions.

Levine says New York's adoption law does not control Louisiana's administration of vital records.

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