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The fight for my birth certificate

Photo of Rudy Owens during phone-based court hearing on June 17, 2016. Following the hearing, the Hon. Judge Richard Dingell of the 3rd Circuit Court of MIchigan signed an order compelling the state of Michigan to release a copy of my original birth certificate--denied for decades because I am adopted.

This is a photo of me, Rudy Owens, during my court hearing by telephone on June 17, 2016. Following the hearing, the Hon. Judge Richard Dingell of the 3rd Circuit Court of MIchigan signed an order compelling the state of Michigan to release a copy of my original birth certificate–denied for decades because I am adopted.

I just published a record of my ongoing efforts to secure a copy of my original birth certificate from the State of Michigan. This should have been released 27 years ago, but still remains held in secret because of a regressive law the is really an expression of unchecked state paternalism that penalizes adoptees like myself. The Michigan 3rd Circuit Court has signed an order, effective June 17, 2016, compelling Michigan to surrender a copy of what is mine by birthright: a copy of my original birth certificate.

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