The couple was able to breathe a sigh of relief on August 27th after an Atlanta judge ruled that their daughter, should be recognized as a U.S. citizen [Source: The New York Times]. Simone was born in July 2018 from a surrogate just three years after the couple wed. A close friend of theirs had agreed to be their surrogate and gave birth to the child in England. Both Mize and Gregg were present when their daughter was born and returned to Georgia with her just a few months later.
The couple says they ran into trouble when they attempted to get a Social Security Number for Simone so they could claim her as a dependent. The source cited that “since she’s the child of two men and not biologically related to both, the State Department treated her as if she was born “out of wedlock.” The State Department also took into account the fact that he hadn’t lived in the U.S. for five years prior to Simone’s birth. As a result of this, the State Department decided she was not a U.S. citizen.
But the couple disagreed with the State Department’s decision and decided to file a lawsuit in July 2019.
Because both of them are U.S. citizens and are listed as the daughters parents on her birth certificate, they believed their daughter should also be considered a citizen as well. And after they took their case to court, the U.S. District sided with the couple. In a recent ruling, The judge issued an order that stated “that the girl is not required to be biologically related to both her U.S. citizen parents to be eligible for citizenship.” Brown also ordered that the State Department issue a U.S. passport for her.
After the ruling, the couple had this to say, “We are so relieved that the court has recognized our daughter, as the U.S. citizen she has been since the day she was born. When we brought Simone into this world, as married, parents, we never anticipated our own government would disrespect our family and refuse to recognize our daughter as a U.S. citizen.”
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