Same-sex and LGBT Intended Parents Face Unique Challenges
Even though the legalization and growing acceptance of same-sex marriage are steps in the right direction, same-sex couples and LGBT individuals continue to face unique legal challenges.
While legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States and other parts of the world has made it easier for LGBT people to establish parentage of their children born via assisted reproductive technology, experienced legal counsel is still essential.
Some states still require that non-biological parents adopt their child. In other jurisdictions intended parents must be legally married in order to have a child via surrogacy, but statutes have not been changed to accommodate same-sex parents. In many countries, gay fathers may not register their child born abroad via surrogacy as a citizen of their home country without the surrogate’s name on the birth certificate.
IFLG founder Rich Vaughn and husband Tommy Woelfel are parents of twin boys born via egg donation and surrogacy and long-standing advocates of LGBT equality and reproductive rights. IFLG offers expert, culturally sensitive legal services to help LGBT and same-sex intended parents ensure their parental rights are established and their families are secure. Contact us today…