Birthright: The Iowa Supreme Court Allows a Lesbian Co-Parent to Be Listed on an Infant’s Birth Certificate | Parental Responsibility |

When a child is born to a woman who is married to another woman, does the child have two legal parents at birth? In a recent ruling, in Gartner v. Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state was constitutionally required to list the spouse of the mother—regardless of gender—on a child’s birth certificate.  This is one of many issues that have arisen in the rapidly changing law of parentage, as courts and legislatures adapt to the increase in planned gay families, the increased complexity and accessibility of reproductive technology, and changing social norms surrounding childbearing.