Ohio mothers fight to get names in birth certificates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Phil Burris of Citizens for Community Values says a child is “always better off” with a mother and father.

“…to say that we are going to perform a social experiment and raise children with two dads or two moms, I think the average person understands that that’s a flawed argument,” he said.

But what Burris calls a social experiment, Nicole Yorksmith calls a life.

Nicole and Pam Yorksmith were legally wed in California. Through in-vitro fertalization, Nicole gave birth to two sons–but both women want to be listed as parents on the boys’ birth certificates.

“We’ve been married since October 2008 and it’s always been important to us that our boys have the security and protection that’s afforded with a marriage,” she said.

“The birth certificate is the first document that they have from birth telling them this is who your family is, this is where you come from  – and the fact that Ohio won’t recognize that, it’s very sad,” she said.

The Yorksmiths say there is no difference between their family and anyone else’s.

“We’re still a family,” Nicole said. “It doesn’t matter how the children are brought into this world. We have an immense amount of love for our family and for our boys. And when you look at opposite sex couples who have to go through the same process of using either a sperm donor or going the artificial insemination process, it’s the same process – we just happen to be two women.”

“I’m not going to speak to what other same-sex couples say or what they say about their families,” Burris said. “We have research that shows unequivocally that a child does better in a home with a mom and a dad.”

As the head of Citizens for Community Values, Phil Burris has launched successful campaigns in states all across the country, including Ohio, for bans on gay marriage or gay adoption. He said he believes homosexuality is a choice–often influenced by childhood trauma.

“A lot of them were abused as children and then they became confused about their gender identity,” he said.

The Yorksmiths are plaintiffs in the massive four-state case that could legalize gay marriage, or at least require that states like Ohio recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere.

“When you think about it, we’re going to be part of history,” Nicole said.

Burris has a different take on the matter.

“This is not the end. This is the beginning of how marriage is going to be polluted,” he said.

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