California Updates Birth Certificates to Recognize Modern Families

A new law takes effect January 1 that gets rid of a discriminatory requirement on birth certificates in California.

California's new law on birth certificates will make things slightly less awkward for modern families.

Under the current law, the California state department of public health will reject a birth certificate that leaves the "mother" field blank.

When the updates take effect, same-sex male couples who use surrogates to have babies will no longer be required to list at least one parent's name under the "mother" field.

The law was originally passed in 2014 and takes effect Jan. 1.