Texas Judge Rules Gay Fathers' Names Cannot Appear On Biological Children's Birth Certificates
The biological fathers of two twin boys (each fathered one of the eggs) will not be legally recognized as dads thanks to a ruling just handed down by a Texas family judge. Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs legally married in D.C. in 2013. But upon returning home to Texas, the pair's federally-recognized union suddenly meant nothing. To really send home a message of how much Texas dislikes gays, a few days be Father's Day, the family judge ruled that Jason and Joe can't be seen as the legal fathers of their biological sons, too.
“On one hand, it’s a little scary because as of right now, we don’t have full parental rights of our own biological children,” Jason told the Dallas-Fort Worth Fox affiliate.
“Actually, I think that’s what surprised me the most was a family court,” Riggs added. “I guess I expected them to be looking out for the best interest of our kids, and I felt we walked out that day and it wasn’t in the best interest of our kids. Ultimately, we’re talking about is what’s better: one parent or two parents? For me, it’s two parents. It’s a no brainer!”
This isn't the end of the story, though; GLAAD has put on the boxing gloves to head into the ring for the family.
“Neither Jason nor Joe are listed as fathers on either of their sons’ birth certificates, which the men have not been able to see,” GLAAD’s Alexandra Bolles writes. “They petitioned a judge in their county to add each of their names to their biological sons’ birth certificates and to cross-adopt, or second-parent adopt, the boys. The judge has denied the family both requests.”
Stay tuned to Instinct for updates on Jason, Joe and their twins!