Families

Legislation filed during the 83rd regular session of the Texas Legislature affecting the families of LGBT Texans.

HB 201 - It is standard practice for courts to issue “supplemental birth certificates” that reflect the names of adoptive parents. This is done because birth certificates are the primary document for establishing the parental relationships and are often required to enroll children in school, add them to the parent’s insurance policy or admit them for medical treatment. Current Texas law does not allow two men or two women who are both the legal parents of a child to receive a supplemental birth certificate reflecting both of their names, creating an obstacle for parents in caring for their children. HB 201 would remove this obstacle.

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