Why is this a big deal? Well, this is one of those quietly-huge victories—one of those smaller hurrays living in the shadow of the Prop 8 aftermath. Previously, only one same-sex parent could sigh the birth certificate after their child was born. It wasn't even technically possible prior to the state Health Department decision. The form only allowed the signature of one man and one woman.
Now, to fall in line with Gov. David Paterson's same-sex marriage edict for New Yorkers, two mommies or two daddies can legally claim their child. The change affects same-sex parents statewide, with the exception of New York City. The city is considering changing its own forms.
Yes, folks, with such a small gesture, the State of New York just told the gay and lesbian community that it at least hears us. This was one big "I got you. Just hang with me for a bit." One small-huge victory, right under the radar.
I'm eager to see what else is hiding under the dish: say, some full same-sex marriage?
Clearing it up.
Where same-sex marriage is legal.
Where same-sex adoption is legal.
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