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Thu 19 Jun, 2014
By Robert Ingham

their own child can not have their biological father’s name on their birth certificate

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Gay Dads Banned from Being Named on Birth Certificates

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A Texas judge has ruled that two gay dads cannot have their names appear on their own children’s birth certificates.

After marrying in Washington, DC, last year, Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs each biologically fathered one of two eggs implanted in a surrogate (making their twin sons, Lucas and Ethan, biological half-brothers).

But last week a family-court judge denied their request to cross-adopt, or second-parent adopt, the infants. Even worse, their own child can not have their biological father’s name on their birth certificate.

“We have been blessed with two healthy little boys.” Hanna told KDFW Fox 4 in Dallas. “[But] it’s a little scary because as of right now, we don’t have full parental rights of our own biological children.”

Riggs said he was surprised a family court made such a family-unfriendly ruling: “I guess I expected them to be looking out for the best interest of our kids. What’s better: one parent or two parents? For me, it’s two parents. It’s a no brainer!”

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