Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

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As Pew noted, white evangelical Protestants are still mostly opposed - with 59 percent opposing marriage rights for same-sex couples.

SCOTUS cited the Obergefell ruling in it s decision. The state Department of Health said it will take information from same-sex couples who want to amend a birth certificate, but was waiting on guidance from the state's high court.

Still, the overall findings show just how far and quickly public opinion has swayed in favor of marriage equality - a trend cemented by the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide.

For the first time in the Pew Research Center's polling, a majority of Republicans no longer oppose same-sex marriage.

As reported in USA Today, The Supreme Court on Monday struck down an anti-LGBTQ Arkansas law that treated same-sex couples differently than opposite-sex couples on their children's birth certificates, over the dissent of three conservative justices.

Support for same-sex marriage is increasing in the USA, especially among Americans traditionally opposed to allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, according to a new study. Instead, the State insists, a birth certificate is simply a device for recording biological parentage - regardless of whether the child's parents are married.

In the meantime, the court struck down an Arkansas law that prevented some same-sex partners from having their names on their child's birth certificate, and made a decision to hear an appeal of a case that will determine whether a Colorado baker had the right to deny service to a gay couple on religious grounds.


"Echoing the court below, the State defends its birth certificate law on the ground that being named on a child's birth certificate is not a benefit that attends marriage".

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled against the women, saying that "it does not violate equal protection to acknowledge basic biological truths". "The statute in question establishes a set of rules created to ensure that the biological parents of a child are listed on the child's birth certificate".

When Leigh Jacobs gave birth to the couple's son in 2015, the couple was issued a birth certificate naming only Leigh as a parent despite listing both parents on the application. It's important to note that Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented. It was also an outlier; every other state that had considered this question got it right and ruled in favor of treating LGBT families equally.

The case was brought by two married same-sex couples who conceived through artificial insemination.

The case is Pavan v. Nathaniel Smith.

In a statement, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also criticized the court's overturning of the law "without briefing or argument on the merits".

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