SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the state of Utah to list the names of a lesbian couple on a birth certificate as the mothers of their new baby.
U.S. District Judge Dee Benson said Wednesday the case wasn’t hard to decide in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union say the ruling is the first of its kind since gay marriage was legalized.
Angie and Kami Roe of West Jordan said in their lawsuit on the issue that the state should treat wedded lesbian couples the same as heterosexual couples who use sperm donors to have children.
State attorneys countered that Utah law declares a husband is automatically the father in cases of assisted reproduction but that doesn’t extend to same-sex unions.