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An Arkansas ruling on same-sex marriage finally gives gay couples full parental rights. Drew Petrimoulx reports.
An Arkansas ruling on same-sex marriage finally gives gay couples full parental rights.  Drew Petrimoulx reports.

 The legalization of same-sex marriage in Arkansas is allowing couples to add partners to birth certificates, making families legally whole.

Kendall and Julia Wright were just one couple showing off the new birth certificates Monday at the Pulaski County courthouse in Little Rock.

The couple married in Iowa, but because their marriage wasn't recognized in Arkansas, when Kendall gave birth to two kids through artificial insemination Julia wasn't listed as a parent.

"We could not put her name on the birth certificate cause she wasn't the biological mother," Kendall explains.

That meant Julia's rights as a mother were limited.

"If something terrible, God forbid, happens to me, without her being on the birth certificate my kids could go into state custody," Kendall adds.

Things changed when a judge ruled the state's ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.

Now Julia has full parental rights and will be able to care for the children should anything happen to Kendall.

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