Brittni Rogers, Brittani Henry: Same-sex couple just want equal rights as parents, spouses

CINCINNATI - They just want equal rights as parents and spouses.

That's what two women at the center of the Ohio same-sex marriage case said about a major court ruling Monday.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black ruled that Ohio has to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in other states.
That's good news for Brittni Rogers and Brittani Henry, who are anxiously awaiting the birth of their son in about six weeks.

So, it was a relief Monday that the couple that wed in New York could have that marriage recognized in Ohio.

"We're not asking for Ohio to allow gay marriage. We're already married. So that's not an issue for us," Rogers said. "We just want equal rights as heterosexual couples get."

"We're just happy the judge ruled in our favor.  We're just waiting for the final say so," Henry said.

The big issue for them is to have both of their names on their son's birth certificate, not just Henry's as the birth mother.

"I want to be recognized as his parent," Rogers said. "Simple things like taking him to school, taking him to get a driver's license, if we ever want to travel out of state … He needs to know that I'm his parent as well."

"If anything happens to me, I would want her to have equal rights as I would as the birth mother," Henry said.  "I'd want her to be able to make medical decisions for him.  I want her to be able to take him to school without having to carry all these documents stating that, 'Hey, this is my child.' "

Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values says Ohio voters continue to oppose same-sex marriage and he believes Black's decision will be overturned and ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This is not a conservative or liberal issue.  This is a common sense issue," Burress said.  "Marriage is between one man and one woman.  It's the oldest institution on the face of the earth."

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