Although Brittani Henry & Brittni Rogers got married in New York in January, their home state of Ohio did not recognize their marriage. As they prepared to start their family, they knew that both their names would not be listed on their child’s birth certificate. According to Adam Polaski, the two joined other same-sex couples in seeking that their out-of-state marriage be listed on their child’s birth certificate. Judge Timothy Black agreed and ruled in their favor in April.
On August 6, their case was among six that the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit heard from couples seeking the freedom to marry or respect for marriages legally performed in other states. The cases involved four states—Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee.