by Kristina F. Singh on Jun 13, 2018 Birth Certificate
Elsewhere, the document has more diverse purposes. In Sudan, a birth certificate has to be presented before a child can enroll in school. In the United States, birth certificates are required to register with Native American tribes. In Sri Lanka, a birth certificate makes it possible to respect a minimum age of criminal responsibility; without it, police may informally estimate (and possibly exaggerate) children's ages. In the United Kingdom, birth certificates help establish eligibility to join the armed forces.
This may have been a blink_and_you_might_miss_it news story for many outside Arkansas. But it's only the latest example in a long history of using birth certificates to make governmental and social statements about identity and relationships.