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Bill would allow same-sex parents on birth certificates

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Same-sex marriage may not happen in Texas but same-sex adoptions might. House Bill 201 would allow same-sex couples to be recognized as parents.

Marianne DeLeon, couldn't be happier. She has this little guy bringing a smile to her face everyday.

She and her partner made the decision to have 2-year-old Jude. However, only one name could be on the birth certificate.

"I had my son two and a half years ago. My partner adopted him six months after he was born," said DeLeon.

Under state law, only a mother and a father can be on the birth certificate, same goes for a supplemental birth certificate.

"That could be so easily changed to parent's name and second parent's name," said DeLeon.

House member Rafeal Anchia wants to make that happen. He authored Texas House Bill 201. He filed it to make birth certificates more accurate.

"The problem is it impacts children," said Chuck Smith with Equality Texas.

Smith says the way the law is written now, makes obtaining passports, social security numbers and enrollment in school difficult.

"The current law as it's written is forcing thousands of Texas children not to be able to get a supplemental birth certificate showing who their legal adoptive parents are."

For DeLeon and her partner the law would be a blessing and a step closer to something bigger.

"It impacts our lives very significantly," said DeLeon. "It would mean one of the most meaningful moments of our lives is legitimized by the Texas state government."

The 83rd legislative session begins January 8th.

At least 18 states allow same sex adoptions.

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