By Connor Finnegan
August 24, 2020
(WASHINGTON) — The State Department is appealing a federal judge’s decision that it must recognize the U.S. citizenship of a young girl born via surrogate to a gay couple — prolonging one of many legal fights over its controversial policy that was deemed unconstitutional in June.
Roee Kiviti and Adiel Kiviti of Chevy Chase, Maryland, are legally married and both U.S. citizens. Their daughter Kessem was born in Canada via a surrogate, so the State Department has argued in federal court that she is “born out of wedlock” and not entitled to birthright citizenship.