BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES
In Alabama, we believe in the strength and dignity of all families. Every family deserves respect and support, and those who receive it are better positioned to thrive.
For families raising children—one of the most fulfilling and also difficult jobs in the world—government should not make their lives more difficult. We support removing roadblocks that make parenting harder and life more difficult for LGBT families. We oppose broad restrictions against entire categories of potential custodial or permanent parents that hamper efforts to act in the best interest of each child.
Every child deserves to have their legal parents’ names on their birth certificate. It is standard practice for courts to issue “supplementary birth certificates” that reflect the names of adoptive parents. This is done because birth certificates are the primary document for establishing the parental relationship and are often required to enroll children in school, add them to the parents’ insurance policy or admit them for medical treatment. Current Alabama law does not allow two men or two women, who are both the legal parents of a child, to obtain a supplementary birth certificate for their child reflecting both parents’ names. This creates a serious obstacle for parents in caring for their children.
Equality Alabama is committed to building strong Alabama families, including those with LGBT family members.
OBERGEFELL V. HODGES VICTORY IN 2015
On June 26, 2015, two years after DOMA was overturned, the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marriage is guaranteed to all couples. This was a monumental victory for families everywhere -- but ther's still work to be done. Currently 11 counties across Alabama are rufusing to grant marriage licenses.
Equality Alabama will continue to fight for the proper implementation of the Supreme Courts' decision.
We still have more work to do for all couples to enjoy the same protections in all counties across Alabama.