Founded in 2019, the Connecticut Parentage Act Coalition advocates for the fundamental rights of CT children and families — with a specific focus on the parental rights of LGBTQ couples and the right of all children to access the safety and security of legal parentage.

The Coalition is led by Professor Douglas NeJaime and includes:

  • Yale Law School students and faculty
  • GLAD (GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders), New England’s leading LGBT legal organization
  • State legislators and local elected officials
  • Local LGBT organizations, including Triangle Community Center
  • Fertility centers, including the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at UCONN
  • Fertility advocacy organizations, including RESOLVE New England

Through the Coalition, students actively engage in legislative drafting, coalition-building, and statewide public advocacy with the goal of reforming CT’s outdated parentage law to vindicate the rights of LGBT couples and their children, to protect children living in diverse family arrangements, and to incorporate advances in reproductive medicine.

Read more about the launch of the Connecticut Parentage Act Coalition



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 Coalition’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 LGBT parents and their children with equal dignity and respect.

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

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