Rutledge Statement on Governor Hutchinson’s Birth Certificate Directive
December 8, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement after Governor Asa Hutchinson issued a directive to the Arkansas Department of Health regarding the issuance of birth certificates.
“Governor Hutchinson’s directive to the Health Department to issue birth certificates to same sex couples is consistent with the agreement the parties in litigation submitted earlier this week. Judge Fox has been preventing this agreement from becoming effective and we hope he will accept this reasonable solution. It is important to the people of Arkansas that birth certificates continue to be available, and the United States Supreme Court has required equal treatment in issuing them.”