Yesterday I posted about the situation in Texas with Jay Hoskins and his swift legal victory in his fight to get his husband’s death certificate changed to reflect that they were husbands. Even though the state was under order to amend the death certificate they delayed and eventually refused. So Hoskins sued them. Two days ago the ruling was made and the order issued. This time, it seems, the state is going to do what it’s been bound to do for well over a month now:
Facing possible contempt and a court order, Texas officials have now changed the death certificate of a gay man to add his husband as the surviving spouse. The Department of State Health Services “has issued an amendment to the death certificate for James Stone-Hoskins. It now lists John Allen Stone-Hoskins V as his spouse,” a department spokeswoman said in an email Thursday night. “The amended death certificate was issued this evening as ordered by the U.S. District Court and requested by John Stone-Hoskins.” The department had refused to change it after John Stone-Hoskins, 37, of Conroe tried to get the state to make the amendment following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 that said gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. He married James Stone-Hoskins in New Mexico in 2014 after being together for 10 years. James Stone-Hoskins died in January at 32.
Glad to hear Texas is willing to do what it should’ve done way before now.
It won’t save Ken Paxton and Kirk Cole from being charged with contempt, nor should it. I hope this situation is used to send a message to other states considering pulling this same shit (looking at you Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana).