For same-sex couples, the fight for equal rights has been a long and arduous journey. For every state ruling which offers forward progress on this subject, another is passed which takes us three steps back, muddying the waters even more. This is particularly disappointing when addressing a couple's legal parental rights.
On December 8, 2016, the Arkansas Supreme Court delivered their opinion in Smith v. Pavan, 2016 Ark. 437, a case in which three same-sex married couples fought for both parents to be listed on the Arkansas Department of Health birth certificates.