Yesterday, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case from Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, the same-sex parents of an adopted child who are seeking to be listed as fathers on their son’s Louisiana birth certificate. The couple attempted to amend the birth certificate that Louisiana offers to parents of children born in the state but adopted elsewhere in the U.S., but were denied because Louisiana does not recognize gay couples and prevents single parents from legally adopting children. The issue in the case was whether the constitutional requirement that each state afford “full faith and credit” to judicial decisions in other states requires Louisiana officials to issue a corrected birth certificate.
MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts hosted Oren Adar this afternoon, who expressed dismay at the court’s decision, which effectively maintains a Fifth Circuit ruling against the couple. “This makes our son really a second class citizen, he doesn’t have a birth certificate,” Adar said. Watch it: