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U.S. Supreme Court

Arkansas judge strikes part of birth certificate law

An Arkansas judge struck down part of the state's law on birth certificates Tuesday, a move the plaintiffs' attorney said clears the way for married same-sex couples to both be listed as parents.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled that portions of the state's birth certificate law are unconstitutional after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in June. The portion struck down by Fox limits references to spouses as husband or wife.

"Such language categorically prohibits every same-sex married couple, regardless of gender, from enjoying the same spousal benefits which are available to every opposite sex married couple," Fox wrote in his...