Professor Rhonda Wasserman co-drafted an amici curiae brief, urging the United States Supreme Court to grant a petition for a writ of certiorari in the case of Adar v. Smith, No. 11-46. The case involves the refusal of the State of Louisiana to issue a revised birth certificate to a Louisiana-born child who was adopted by an unmarried gay couple in New York. The brief contends that Louisiana’s refusal violates the Equal Protection and Full Faith and Credit Clauses of the United States Constitution. Professor Wasserman worked on the brief with Professor Joan Hollinger of UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, Professor Courtney Joslin of UC Davis School of Law, Jonathan Damon, Esq., an attorney with Dewey & LeBoeuf, and Cathy Sakimura, Esq., an attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Twenty-four other prominent professors of family law, conflict of laws, and constitutional law and drafters of several Uniform Acts addressing family law matters signed onto the brief.
The brief can be downloaded by clicking on the pdf download link on the right side of the screen, near the bottom.
To read more about the Adar case, click here.