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Trial Begins in Lawsuit Over Death Certificate

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Trial has begun in the lawsuit of a same-sex couple suing state health officials for omitting the name of one parent on a death certificate for their child.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports that opening arguments in the case were held Friday morning in Polk County Court.

The gay rights group Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit in February on behalf of Jenny and Jessica Buntemeyer of Davenport. The lawsuit seeks a new death certificate for their stillborn child.

The couple says they filled out a death certificate listing both their names, but the state health department issued a certificate that didn’t include Jenny Buntemeyer’s name.

Jessica Buntemeyer gave birth to a stillborn son last October. Jenny Buntemeyer’s egg was used to conceive the baby.

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