Since 2019, Professor Douglas NeJaime and a group of Yale Law School students have been working to pass the Connecticut Parentage Act (CPA): state legislation that will help ensure that all CT children — regardless of the circumstances of their birth or the marital status, gender, or sexual orientation of their parents — have equal access to the security of a legal parent-child relationship.

Connecticut is currently the only New England state without protections or paths to parentage for non-biological parents to establish their legal relationship with their children. This means the legal relationship between many of CT’s LGBTQ parents and their children is insecure. The CPA will fill gaps in existing law and ensure access to legal parentage for all children, including those with unmarried, same-sex, or nonbiological parents.

The legislative effort is led by Professor Douglas NeJaime and is supported by:

  • Yale Law School students
  • GLAD (GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders), New England’s leading LGBT legal organization
  • Connecticut ACLU
  • Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) 
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
  • Family law attorneys, including Freed Marcroft LLC
  • Local LGBT organizations, including the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber, New Haven Pride Center, PFLAG Hartford, True Colors and the Triangle Community Center
  • Children’s advocacy organizations, including Connecticut Voices for Children and the Center for Children’s Advocacy
  • Fertility centers, including the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at UCONN and Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut
  • Fertility advocacy organizations, including Fertility Within Reach, RESOLVE New England, and Gay Parents to Be at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut
  • National Association of Social Workers – CT

Read more about the efforts of Law School students to pass the Connecticut Parentage Act

Access the CPA Fact Sheet Here

 

Background:

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which affirmed the fundamental right to marry for same-sex couples, the Uniform Law Commission promulgated the 2017 Uniform Parentage Act (UPA) to update prior UPA provisions and integrate Obergefell’s core holding. The CPA’s proposed reforms build on the 2017 UPA as well as the CT Supreme Court’s landmark 2008 decision in Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health — which recognized the constitutional right to marry for all CT families — by ensuring Connecticut law treats all parents and their children with equal dignity and respect. The law will also institute much-needed protections for children born through assisted reproduction and all parties involved in the surrogacy process. 

Contact Information:
Professor Douglas NeJaime
Email: douglas.nejaime@yale.edu
Office: 203.432.4834

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Class of 1991