Family Equality announced:
Thanks to all of you — the advocates — who raised your voices in Albany and across New York State to explain why we need to ensure everyone who wants to become a parent can do so.
Family Equality is here to fight to ensure every LGBTQ+ person can form a family using whatever method they chose, wherever they live. Yesterday, New York was still one of three states in which surrogacy was illegal. Today, thanks to you, that’s no longer the case.
Now, for the first time in history, a same-sex couple will be able to sign a form at the hospital that declares who their child’s parents are and have that create a legally-binding order with the same force as a court order. This has always been available to heterosexual partners.
Updating state parentage law to help LGBTQ+ families can be a slow, painstaking process, and fighting to pass the #ChildParentSecurityAct in NY was no exception. But we did it.