Parents & Kids

New England has been fertile territory for GLAD’s family law work. LGBT individuals may adopt children in any New England state, and firmly-established law allows same-sex couples to adopt jointly in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, and—in most cases—New Hampshire and Rhode Island. In addition, a number of state courts have made it possible for a non-biological parent to pursue custody and visitation as a “de facto” parent, protecting the irreplaceable relationship between parent and child.


GLAD’s Work On This Issue

Our communities are stronger and healthier when LGBT parents are fully recognized under the law, all parents can provide security for their families, and the law puts children's needs first.

From the Docket

Victory • 2014

Doe v. Clenchy

January 30, 2014 - Victory! Maine High Court rules  that denying a transgender girl the use of the girls' restroom at her school violated her rights… More →

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Legislative Advocacy

June 8, 2007

Gay Mainers to have Family Medical Leave

Maine’s legislature passed a bill extending the protections of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to same-sex couples and their families. Working… More →

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Related News

July 8, 2015

Expanding Protections for Families: Maine Adopts a State-of-the-Art Law

Maine has adopted a state-of-the-art law clarifying who is a legal parent – whether based on intent to parent, marriage or holding out a child as… More →

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