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SCOTUS refuses Indiana birth certificate case

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case that would have let Indiana refuse to list same-sex parents on a birth certificate on Monday.

The Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill asked the court to allow states to deny same-sex couples equal parenting rights back in November.

The Associated Press reported that the court refused the case without comment. Hill was appealing a lower court decision that ruled Indiana laws limiting who can be called a parent of a child unconstitutional.

The case was the first LGBTQ case to reach the Supreme Court since Amy Coney Barret was confirmed to the bench, giving the court a 6-3 conservative majority.

Karen Celestino-Horsemen, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in Box v. Henderson, welcomed the decision.

“It’s a major victory that is going to keep the same-sex families together and the children born to these marriages will have two parents to love and protect them,” she told The Indianapolis Star.

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