The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld Louisiana’s refusal to name two fathers as parents on a birth certificate. The child was adopted by an unmarried gay couple in New York. However, when the parents sought to amend the Louisiana birth certificate, the state of Louisiana refused to issue an amended birth certificate because the state only recognizes adoptions by married couples, regardless of sexual orienatation.
It was argued that the New York adoption should be recognized by Louisiana under the full faith and credit clause in the U.S. Constitution. The court disagreed, finding that the full faith and credit clause only applied to acts of state courts, not state offficals. In addition to Louisiana, 12 other states prohibit adoption by unmarried couples.