Leading Off (1/28/13)

Texas Law Prevents Same-Sex Couples From Listing Both Parents’ Names on Children’s Birth Certificates: In 1997, Dallas representative Will Hartnett sponsored a bill in the Texas legislature that added gender specific language to the Texas Health and Safety Code. As a result, Texas birth certificates only have space for one male and one female name. State Representative Rafael Anchia wants to change that, saying the law only adversely affects the children of same-sex couples and makes it difficult when pursuing medical care, school enrollment, international travel, etc.

Accident on I-30 Leaves 12-Year-Old Dead: The car of a family headed westbound on I-30 stalled in the left lane Sunday afternoon. As they waited for roadside assistance, an F-150 truck slammed into the back of the car, killing a 12-year-old, and critically injuring the other siblings.

Arlington State Rep Still Worried President Obama Is a Foreigner: Speaking of birth certificates, Rep. Bill Zedler’s has introduced a bill in the state legislature that would require the Texas Secretary of State to certify birth certificates of candidates running for federal office before their names could be listed on a Texas ballot.


  • Lew Patton

    “Sisters, 12 and 13, killed in crash on westbound I-30 in Grand Prairie Sunday afternoon” per the Dallas Morning News.Prayers go out to this family. I wasn’t there but I’m wondering why the driver didn’t pull all the way off the freeway… so sad.

  • Daniel

    1) Makes it difficult for the custodial parent (or the party with less income, in the event of joint custody) to seek child support should the union dissolve, I would imagine, especially since the marriage contract itself is not recognized by the State of Texas.

    What are the thoughts/experiences of FB’s legal contingent?

  • CSP

    Zedler’s the same rep who introduced the stripper licensing bill.

    Clearly his constituents are getting their money’s worth.

  • Dubious Brother

    The actual biological parents should be listed on the birth certificate so the child has a shot at knowing their genetic pool when they are older and it may become important for health issues.
    This also reminds me of the recent case of the sperm donor who had no connection to the lesbian couple’s child that he donated to but was later tagged with child support after the “parents” split since after all it was his child, wasn’t it.