Arkansas judge threatens to halt birth certificate issuance

(AP) _ An Arkansas judge is threatening to block the state from issuing any more birth certificates if attorneys don't come up with a way by early next year to fix a birth certificate law that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled illegally favors heterosexual parents.Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Monday gave attorneys for the state and three same-sex couples until January 5th to find language that should be stricken from the state's law.

The U.S. Supreme Court in June sided with Fox's 2015 ruling striking down part of the law defining parents by gender. That overturned a decision by the state Supreme Court.

The state Supreme Court ordered Fox last month to come up with a way for the state to comply with the U.S. court's decision.

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