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After Supreme Court Decision, Same-Sex Parents Fight To Change Adoption Records

Attorneys are hearing from many of same sex couples asking to adopt their own children. That's because only one person was considered the parent before last week's Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage.

Attorneys are hearing from many of same sex couples asking to adopt their own children.

That's because only one person was considered the parent before last week's Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage.

Now, they’re want legal rights as parents.

The Trent family was not holding all the cards when it came to parenting. Lori and Kelly have twin sons.  Lori gave birth to Dylan and Skylar 11 years ago. Despite a private ceremony before the birth and a church commitment ceremony later, the women weren't legally married till two years ago in Massachusetts. 

But Ohio did not recognize them both as parents, as Lori learned, when she filled out the birth certificates.

"I crossed it out and put ‘mother and mother,’ because that's the kind of person I am,” Lori says of the birth certificate. However, state officials did not accept the form.  “You have to indicate the father is unknown, and I'm like, ‘really!?’  This is the parent of my children!”

Family law attorney LeeAnn Massucci says since the Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage, she's had many calls from parents, asking for help to adopt their own kids.  She says now the other partner can apply for step-parent adoption.  Then, same-sex families can take that information to Vital Statistics and receive updated birth certificates.

Kelly says it is a huge relief after years of legal paperwork and worries about parental rights.

Meantime, it's estimated that more than 150,000 kids nationwide are children of same-sex couples.