Tennessee Family Makes History

By Julissa Catalan

Last month, Emilia Maria Jesty made history by being the first baby born in Tennessee to have a woman listed on the birth certificate as her “father.”

Up until a few days prior to baby Emilia’s birth, her parent’s marital status was up in the air, according to a Nashville court. Sophy Jesty and Valeria Tanco were married in New York, where same-gender marriage is legal, but then they moved to Tennessee—where it is not.

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