The state House has passed the Connecticut Parentage Act. The proposal is aimed at modernizing state law by changing provisions that discriminate against LGBTQ couples. Bethel Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan says a married same-sex couple who use assisted reproduction currently need to do lengthy, expensive, and intrusive second-parent adoptions for their children to have legal ties to both parents.
He says this change will not only make it easier on couples, but will reduce the burden on DCF and the courts. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, parents won't need to make a court appearance that requires time off from work. Allie-Brennan added that there would not be a humiliating home study nor invasive questionnaires.
The Connecticut Parentage Act is based on the Uniform Parentage Act of 2017, a model act drafted by the Uniform Law Commission, a nonpartisan organization of state legislators, judges, scholars and lawyers that drafts model laws on various state-law topics. Connecticut is currently the only state in New England that does not provide the security of a legal parent-child relationship to children of an unmarried, non-biological parent.