A federal judge Thursday ordered the state to include the names of both mothers on the birth certificate of a child born to a lesbian couple. Indiana birth certificates list only the mother and the father. Eight lesbian couples sued, seeking the right to include both mothers: the birth mother and her partner.

They argue that the state’s current system sometimes denies them the right to give the child both last names and denies parents – and the children – certain rights and access to benefits. The state had argued same-sex partners should go through the adoption process. READ MORE