American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

11,952 Supporters

Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit, multi-issue, 500,000+ member public interest organization devoted to protecting the basic civil liberties of all people in the United States. Recognized as the nation’s premier public interest law firm, the ACLU works daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Allow both LGBT parents’ names on children’s birth certificates

We are a happy family of four with two children, a 6 year-old girl and a 4-year old boy. To the outside observer, we are a typical suburban family: weekly tee ball games, summertime swim lessons, and birthday parties on the weekends with family friends.  Even though our children have two parents who have been happily married since 2004; who love them, care for them, and have been committed to the creation of our family from the very beginning - only one parent can appear on their birth certificates. North Carolina should be making it easier to raise a family, not harder. Tell the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to let both married moms on their children’s birth certificates. With only one parent on the birth certificates, we have experienced obstacles that other families never have to consider. When we were registering our children for school, only one of us could legally sign the documents. A simple doctors’ visit requires us to carry additional documentation to show decision making ability and authority.  We’ve had to turn down job opportunities because our children would have been denied insurance coverage due to company policy that requires parents to be listed on the birth certificates. The right to be recognized as a parent in these situations is a given for most families. For us it meant time consuming documentation processes and costly legal fees.  Travel is another area of concern for our family. In order to board an airplane with our toddlers, we use a birth certificate to prove their identity. But because only the biological parent can be listed, only one of us is legally allowed to check the children into the flight. If there was ever an emergency where I couldn’t travel and my family needed to get home - our children would be stranded. All because we are legally denied the right to have both parents listed on the birth certificates. North Carolina allows non-biological fathers to be listed on the birth certificate of a child born to his wife through donor insemination. The state even allows some married lesbian parents to both be listed on their children's birth certificates, as long as the children were born after October 2014, when same-sex marriage was legally recognized in the state. Why shouldn’t our family allow both parents to be recognized and listed on the birth certificates? To our kids, we are Mommy and Mama - no questions. Ultimately, our children are the ones who are placed at risk by birth certificate restrictions. This just isn’t fair. Join us and urge the NC (DHHS) to recognize all married couples and families, and let both married moms on their children’s birth certificates.    

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
5,976 supporters
Petitioning North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Allow both LGBT parents’ names on children’s birth certificates

We are a happy family of four with two children, a 6 year-old girl and a 4-year old boy. To the outside observer, we are a typical suburban family: weekly tee ball games, summertime swim lessons, and birthday parties on the weekends with family friends.  Even though our children have two parents who have been happily married since 2004; who love them, care for them, and have been committed to the creation of our family from the very beginning - only one parent can appear on their birth certificates. North Carolina should be making it easier to raise a family, not harder. Tell the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to let both married moms on their children’s birth certificates. With only one parent on the birth certificates, we have experienced obstacles that other families never have to consider. When we were registering our children for school, only one of us could legally sign the documents. A simple doctors’ visit requires us to carry additional documentation to show decision making ability and authority.  We’ve had to turn down job opportunities because our children would have been denied insurance coverage due to company policy that requires parents to be listed on the birth certificates. The right to be recognized as a parent in these situations is a given for most families. For us it meant time consuming documentation processes and costly legal fees.  Travel is another area of concern for our family. In order to board an airplane with our toddlers, we use a birth certificate to prove their identity. But because only the biological parent can be listed, only one of us is legally allowed to check the children into the flight. If there was ever an emergency where I couldn’t travel and my family needed to get home - our children would be stranded. All because we are legally denied the right to have both parents listed on the birth certificates. North Carolina allows non-biological fathers to be listed on the birth certificate of a child born to his wife through donor insemination. The state even allows some married lesbian parents to both be listed on their children's birth certificates, as long as the children were born after October 2014, when same-sex marriage was legally recognized in the state. Why shouldn’t our family allow both parents to be recognized and listed on the birth certificates? To our kids, we are Mommy and Mama - no questions. Ultimately, our children are the ones who are placed at risk by birth certificate restrictions. This just isn’t fair. Join us and urge the NC (DHHS) to recognize all married couples and families, and let both married moms on their children’s birth certificates.    

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
5,976 supporters