Birth certificate update following Barrier v. Vasterling

On October 3, 2014, the Jackson County Circuit Court issued an order in Barrier v. Vasterling, Case No. 1416-CV03892, holding that Missouri must recognize marriages lawfully entered into in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is lawful.  On Monday, October 6, 2014, the Missouri Attorney General announced that the state would not appeal the ruling.  Accordingly, women in same-sex marriages lawfully entered into in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is lawful, who give birth in Missouri, may choose to have their spouse listed as the baby’s other parent on the birth certificate.