I propose the following as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Legal Identity of Citizens in the Law
1. A natural born citizen’s fundamental right to know his/her true
biological identity shall supersede the right to privacy of all other
The government shall issue a birth certificate to
every citizen born in the United States. The birth certificate shall
note the date, time, and place of birth; shall identify both the
biological father and the biological mother by full legal name and DNA
profile; shall identify the newborn citizen by full legal name, genital
and chromosomal sex, and DNA profile; and shall be variously filed in
government records, including separately according to the Social
Security Number of each biological parent. Only verified biological
parents shall be named as parents on the birth certificate. The
government shall reissue a birth certificate to a citizen upon request.
citizen shall be entitled to know the whereabouts of his/her biological
parents who are fellow citizens. The government shall help a citizen
locate his/her living biological parents upon request.
conception, the biological father shall be the man who produces the
sperm and the biological mother shall be the woman who produces the egg.
It shall be a felony crime to withhold the name of a biological father
or a biological mother, or to in any way aid and abet an anonymous sperm
or egg donor in a conception that results in a live birth. A surrogate
who has another woman’s egg implanted in her womb shall not be the
biological mother when she gives birth to a newborn citizen.
the biological parents are not married, the biological father shall
have no right to compel the birth of his child, but shall have the right
to parent his child if he chooses, even if the biological mother
forfeits her parental rights.
A minor citizen shall have
biological birthrights that cannot be removed, disinherited, disowned,
disallowed, withdrawn, or in any way waived by adoption, abandonment, or
any legal means, including the birthrights to Social Security survivor
benefits and a biological child’s fair share to an estate and its
A minor citizen shall have the right to sue his/her biological parents for direct child support.
2. Henceforth, the government shall not identify its citizens by
religion, heritage, ethnicity, and/or race, except regarding the
existing historical record. Henceforth, the government shall not
question its citizens regarding religion, heritage, ethnicity, and/or
race, except to ask Yes or No: Are you a citizen of the United States of
A citizen shall be known as an American.
3. The government shall recognize three legal status categories that
citizens can use to join with other citizens in beneficial ways: 1)
legal co-equal, 2) marriage, and 3) family. Each category shall have its
rights and privileges legislated by Congress.
An adult citizen
shall have the right to designate one other adult citizen as his/her
legal co-equal. Each adult citizen can designate only one legal
co-equal, but any adult citizen might be the designated legal co-equal
for many other adult citizens (example: three unmarried adult siblings
might each designate their widowed mother as their legal co-equal, and
the widowed mother might designate her married sister as her legal
co-equal, and the married sister might designate her husband as her
legal co-equal, and the married husband might designate his best friend
living in another state as his legal co-equal, and so forth in any
strange way). All adult citizens shall be encouraged to designate a
Marriage shall legally join one man to one
woman in an exclusive conjugal union that assumes regular sexual
intercourse and the possibility of procreation. Marriage shall exist in
the law as a biological distinction, because it is the only pairing of
two adults that is capable of producing children without using other
Family shall legally acknowledge and benefit any
grouping of two or more citizens in which at least one of the citizens
is an adult. The term “family” shall be used as both a noun and a verb
in the law.
The rights and privileges of the three legal status
categories shall largely and significantly overlap in ways that are
identical. However, Congress shall have the right to legislate
distinctions that might benefit each category in different ways and
might benefit any one category exclusively.
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Steven A. Sylwester