Biological fathers’ names cannot appear on children’s birth certificates

Texas judge rules that couple aren't legal fathers of their biological sons. (x)

Texas judge rules that couple aren’t legal fathers of their biological sons. (x)

A Texas judge has ruled that the names of two fathers cannot appear on the birth certificates of their biological children. The couple each fathered one of the eggs.

Joe Riggs and Jason Hanna were legally married in Washington, D.C. in 2013. However, when the pair returned home to Texas, their federally recognized union was meaningless. To add insult to injury, it was ruled that both men can’t be seen as the legal fathers of their biological sons by the family judge, just a few days before Father’s Day.

Hanna told the Dallas-Fort Worth Fox affiliate, “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.”

“Actually, I think that’s what surprised me the most was a family court,” Riggs said. “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!”

“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 wrote. “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.”

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