The National Marriage Challenge Facebook page reports that the State of Michigan Vital Stats has decided to allow the spouse of a biological parent to be placed on the child’s birth certificate for married lesbian couples. I spent 45 minutes looking for verification of this news on the Michigan VS page, news, and other sources and can’t find it (not even on the Nessel & Kessel Law page.) I’d be more comfortable with documentation, but this issue has already come up in other states and will continue to do so I want to make a quick response to this before I go about some other work today, so I’m posting NMC’s announcement as a shortcut. I intended originally to post my reply on the NMC’s FB page, but decided to add to it and then post the link over there.
National Marriage Challenge:
Great news! The State of Michigan (Vital Records Department) has decided to allow the spouse of a biological parent to be placed on a child’s birth certificate for female married couples, and will amend birth certificates to reflect the non-biological parent as the second parent for children born prior to our ruling, as long as the parents were legally married in any state or country prior to the child’s birth. If a lesbian couple was unmarried at the time the child was born, a second-parent adoption will still be required (and your friends at Nessel & Kessel Law would be happy to assist you in procuring two legal parents for the children of same-sex couples-313-556-2300-shameless plug). All male couples will still be required to procure second-parent adoptions for their children born or adopted prior to our ruling on 6/26/15. Hooray for the State of Michigan getting this one right!!!
No, they didn’t get it right!
A birth certificate is a state-generated record of birth–a biological, not statutory event.
Six million adoptees in the US today, however, do not have a legal right to access the official record of that event–their original birth certificates (OBC). To supposedly hide the “secret” and “shame” of adoptee biological birth from public and adoptees’ own personal view, the state impounds and seals our birth records replacing them with forged records called amended birth certificates (ABC) that erase our original names and the names of our bio parents The state with its ABC claim that we were actually born to people we weren’t, often in cities, states, and even countries we’ve never been to. Once adopted, we cease to exist legally and socially, and are transformed into a new identity by statute.
Now the LGBT assimilationist/het normative community joins the state (which until very recently repressed them) in repressing the documentary and identity rights of others by demanding it create scientifically and legally spurious documents–similar to ABCs– for themselves and their children: adoptees, adoptee lites, DI’s, and creations of other high tech repro breeding schemes that create the non-traditional traditional family. Closets abhor a vacuum.
This nonsensical demand for a special favor goes even beyond sealed adoption records by demanding a charade of two same sex parents conceiving and birthing a child. It’s another layer of secret bureaucratic fiction to dig through thanks to a need to…
,,.well to do what? Even the gulliable knows that same sex couples cannot immaculately reproduce. Baby Bumble had to come from a male and female source, so it’s not a game of Let’s Pretend as it is with some adoptive families. If it’s to secure some kind of statutory parental rights which do need protected, then find–or create–a way to do that without forcing the state to so blatantly falsify birth records that even a 5-year old would know are fake.
The reported decision in Michigan invalidates biology. It not only turns biology on its head but buries it in the process. Playing with documentary biology corrupts the purpose of birth certificates and degrades Class Bastard, adoptees and others who origins are held captive in the mist and murk of state control and individual parental entitlement..
You certainly have a right to parent, but you do not have a right to deny and take away our right to true birth certificates and identity in order to promote your comfort zone. As Jennfier Lahl, president of the Center for BioEthics and Culture wrote earlier this year about a similar change in California’s birth certificates , “[The birth certificate] is not intended to be a means by which adults decide what they want to be called.”
Stop building your social desires on the backs of bastards and our rights.