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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: State Department no longer challenging gay couples’ children’s U.S. citizenship


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The State Department will no longer challenge court rulings that recognize the U.S. citizenship of two gay couples’ children who were born abroad via surrogates.

The State
Department in August appealed
U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang’s ruling in favor of Roee Kiviti and
Adiel Kiviti of Chevy Chase, Md., who legally married in California in 2013.
Their daughter, Kessem Kiviti, was born in Canada via surrogate in 2019.

Derek Mize
and Jonathan Gregg, a gay couple from Atlanta, sued the State Department after
it refused to recognize the U.S. citizenship of their daughter, Simone
Mize-Gregg, who was born in England via surrogate.

U.S.
District Judge Michael L. Brown in August ruled in favor of Mize and Gregg.

Lambda Legal and Immigration Equality in a press release issued on Tuesday said the State Department will not appeal Brown’s ruling. The advocacy groups also note the State Department withdrew its appeal in the Kivitis case.

“We are very relieved, on
behalf of our daughter, on behalf of our family, and on behalf of LGBT families
across this great country of ours,” said Roee Kiviti.

Mize and Gregg said they are both “extremely grateful that this fight is over and won.”

“All
we ever wanted was for Simone to be treated fairly,” they said. “This
process has reaffirmed for us that standing up for equal treatment is always
right, no matter how difficult it is or long it may take.”

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