Iowa Couple Appeals Birth Certificate Case To State Supreme Court | According to Iowa law, the legal parents of a child are determined by a spousal relationship, even when a genetic connection is impossible. The Iowa Department of Public Health has refused to apply this precedent to same-sex couples, prompting a lesbian couple from Davenport to sue. Though a district court judge ruled in their favor in January, the state has refused to issue a new birth certificate that includes both their names. Now, they are appealing their decision to the Iowa Supreme Court. Conservatives have opposed attempts to clarify that with legislation that both members of a same-sex couple should be named on birth certificates.